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Bodegas R Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Tinto Reserva 2012

13% abv

Vol- 75cl

“The 2012 Viña Tondonia Reserva comes from a very dry year, with 25% less rain than the average (at the time), resulting in lower yields of very healthy grapes that delivered wines with nice balance between alcohol and polyphenols, making it very apt for the aging in barrel. It had a slightly longer élevage in barrel, six years. The wine is aromatic with a developed profile, spicy and tertiary (forest floor, a touch of brick dust and iodine), complex and nuanced. The palate is full and round, with polished tannins and a long, dry finish. It has a textbook Tondonia nose and profile. 250,000 bottles produced.” 2025 – 2035
95 Points, Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate, Feb 24

“The 2012 Viña Tondonia is a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano, cultivated on the meander of the Ebro River in Rioja Alta. This garnet wine reveals aromas of ash and plum marmalade, with a faintly herbal core and hints of oaky cedar. Dry and lean, the fairly chalky texture lingers long, concluding with a compact, flavorful and lasting finish. The 2012 is a beautiful old-school Rioja.” 2024 – 2035
95 Points, Joaquin Hidalgo, Dec 2023

A blend of approximately Tempranillo (75%), Garnacho (15%), Graciano and Mazuelo (10%). 6 years in used 225l barrels in the historic Haro cellars of the Bodegas

Between 1913-1914, Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta, while laying the foundations for his industrial facilities, planted Viña Tondonia, giving rise to the winery’s best-known product. Viña Tondonia is a beautiful vineyard of more than 100 hectares, located on the right bank of the Ebro River, where the most typically Riojan vinifera are grown. The Tondonia Vineyard is the most spectacular in Haro. Located in a shell and embraced by the Ebro forming a peninsula, it forms a landscape of alluvium, limestone and poplars.

£40.00inclusive of Duty and VAT

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Founded in 1877 by Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta, Snr López established the legendary Tondonia vineyards on the alluvial slopes overlooking the River Ebro on the cusp of the Alta and Alavesa wine sub-regions. A visionary and a romantic, his aspirations were impressive – not just for his wines but architecturally as well. His family continue his legacy and spirit led by sisters Maria Jose & Mercedes and this is without question one of the great wineries not only of Spain but of the world.

The Lopez de Heredia portfolio extends over four autonomous vineyard areas, of which Tondonia is both the largest and the most famous. The other three are Cubillo, Bosconia and Gravonia; each with distinctive terroir and aspect and differing grape composition and styles of wine. The estate has 170 hectares of vineyards with 124 in production.

Wines are fermented in old wooden casks, often centenarian, and aged for a long period (as they always have been) including some years in one of the 14,000 + barrels in the labyrinth of cellars (over 6,000 square feet) under the winery that span out towards the banks of the Ebro River. Only American oak is used but as the winery has its own cooperage they purchase whole trees to split and age outside before making into barrels that are repaired and tended over their long lifespan. These neutral barrels impart minimal new oak flavours into their wines – essential when aging profiles much exceed the minimum span required. The most traditional of all wineries, their heritage and stability of process, people and supreme quality are a hallmark of each of their wines.

Reference #:
13 ABV
Bottles per Case
6 bottles
Carignan/e (Mazuelo), Graciano, Grenache (Garnacha/Cannonau), Tempranillo (Tinto Fino / Tinto Roriz / Tinto de Toro)

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A shipping confirmation email will be sent when your order has been processed and shipped. You will be sent a text with a delivery time slot and a consignment number along with instructions on how to amend this if required.

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