The Viña Tondonia Estate Reserve 2005
Characteristics of the harvest: Year rated as EXCELLENT. Of the 170 has. in the property of our warehouse, distributed in our 4 farms, in this year 2005 we had 154 has in production. The harvest of 2005 was significantly lower than that of 2004, mainly because the sample of inflorescences in the bud break was a bit lower. The vegetative cycle occurred properly, in good weather conditions with absence of frost, and accidents meteorological remarkable, and only it should be noted that the advancement, about ten days, with the onset of the sprouting continued until the harvest which began the day 24 September in “Viña Gravonia” with the white varieties, the day 27 the same month, in “Viña tondonia estate” for the varieties and ended the day 22 October in “Viña Cubillas”. A strong storm surprised us on the day 12 October and produced this delay with respect to what might determine a start so early. In addition to this delay, so intense rainfall –more than 40 l/m2 in less than an hour– caused damage more important on the ground (drag land, fall of ribazos, flooding farms and cavas…) in the bunches that were left for harvest, approximately a 20% of the final production, which we could qualify as a very good quality. The grapes came in healthy, with an average grade balanced and good concentration of colouring matter, essential characteristics to create wines with vocation for ageing.
Aging in barrel: 6 years old, subject to 2 rackings per year. Clarified with whites of fresh eggs.
Production: 250.000 bottles.
Pairing: With notes of spices and vanilla from the barrel aging, without realizing the whole bottle just, very easy to drink, accompanies both warm salads with quail or bird, puff pastry, foie gras with a reduction of raspberry jam, as to roast lamb, or suckling pig. In general, with almost everything, it is a wine that is very versatile.
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Tasting notes: BODEGAS LÓPEZ DE HEREDIA VIÑA TONDONIA ESTATE – THE VIÑA TONDONIA ESTATE RESERVE RED 2005
- View: Brilliant ruby with light tints tile.
- Nose: Nose very fine, fresh, toast with light aromas of vanilla. Very persistent.
- Mouth: Very dry, soft, round and developed.
In the mythic town of Haro, capital of The Rioja Alta, perhaps the best place to be produced of the extraordinary amount of coincidences between the goodness of the climate and severity of the earth, are the bodegas López de Heredia, the oldest in Haro (founded in 1877) and one of the first three of The Rioja. The strategic location of its vineyards, the exceptional quality of the plantations, as well as the varieties used, have their complement in a gorgeous winery, whose process of creation was similar to the planting of the vineyards, slowly, with the utmost affection.
The obtaining of the maximum quality in our wines requires having a heritage agricultural own, to overcome the dependency of the purchase of grapes from small growers, avoiding the diversity in terms of qualitative offerings. Therefore, between 1913-1914, Don Rafael Lopez de Heredia and Landeta, to the couple that was building their industrial facilities, carried out the planting The Viña Tondonia Estate, giving origin to the most well-known product of the winery. The Viña tondonia estate is a beautiful vineyard of over 100 ha, situated on the right bank of the river Ebro, where they grow the vine most typically riojanas.
The Viña tondonia estate is the most spectacular in Haro. Located in a conch shell and embraced by the Ebro river, forming a peninsula, makes up a landscape of alluvium, limestone and poplars.
López de Heredia has, further, three other vineyards, nestled in the highest area of la Rioja –taking advantage of its microclimate of net atlantic influence– so-called Viña Cubillo, Viña Bosconia and Viña Zaconia. These plantations are made in suitable proportions so that the quality originates from the vineyards, the main basis of the prestige of our wines.
The vineyards are cared for with genuine enthusiasm and enormous attention, having in total an extension of 170 ha, with an average annual production of about 800.000 kilos of grapes, that are allocated in their entirety to the elaboration of our wines of the highest quality and, course, to the large reserves of this house, when they come from crops truly exceptional.
Of exceptional, in effect, can be classified the 1976, or the years 1973, 1970, 1968, 1964, 1961, 1954 and so on up to the 1883, that was the first and, as such, reserve bottled the founder, and still keep some bottles in our vinacoteca family.
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