White Wine Viña Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva 2001
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This is the new vintage of one of the world's absolute best white wines. At its peak, Viña Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva stands comparison with the great Montrachets from Burgundy and with Germany's most exquisite Rieslings.
The 2001 vintage, incidentally, was qualified as "Excellent" by the Rioja Regulatory Board.
This one-of-a-kind Gran Reserva white wine was produced by the legendary R. López de Heredia-Viña Tondonia winery from a blend of Viura and Malvasía, sourced from vines planted in 1913 and 1914 on the right bank of the Ebro river, at an altitude of 470 metres.
The grapes were meticulously harvested, destemmed and then fermented in little oak vats. Malolactic fermentation took place in Bordeaux barrels, after which the wine was aged for 10 years in American oak barrels with rackings being performed twice a year.
When the ageing process was completed, the wine was clarified with egg whites and bottled unfiltered. After that, Viña Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva 2001 spent a further 10 years in the bottle prior to its commercial release onto the market.
It is worth noting that the wine presented here received a perfect score from Tim Atkin MW, as well as 99 Parker points.
The white wine Viña Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva is deep gold with some amber and yellowish tinges.
Such an array of aromas and suggestions! Ripe white fruit (quince, sweet lemon rind, orange rind, golden pomelo), beeswax, mead, white flowers, vanilla, walnut husk, dry fruit... The Viura (aka Macabeo) and Malvasía varieties complement each other perfectly.
Impressively deep and textured, displaying a quiet authority and an ever-evolving complexity. Flavours of white fruit compote and spices, with some mineral and earthy nuances, and some Riesling-like petrol remembrances. This wine from Bodega R. López de Heredia - Viña Tondonia has an exceptional acidity, an intoxicating mouthfeel and a memorable, unending finish.
|Our personal opinion
A desert island wine, Viña Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva 2001 should be experienced by every serious wine drinker at least once in a lifetime.
Viña Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva 1996:
Enterwine 96. Parker 95.
Viña Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva 1994:
|Should this wine be decanted?
|One hour before serving
|Type of ageing
|Months in American oak barrels
|Number of months aged in Barrels
|J. Suckling 98.
|Percentage of variety
|Viura 85%, Malvasía 15%.
|Baked whitefish, Boullabaise, Cod, Curred fish, Fish and gravey, Foie Gras, Grilled whitefish, Poultry, Soup and rice, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stew, Whitefish salads
|Complex and Elegant, Dry and full bodied, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky
|A special occasion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement