TONDONIA RIOJA RESERVA, Lopez de Heredia 2003


Product Description

It was considered by The Regulating Council as a GOOD vintage. This year we were producing from 155 ha of the 170 own by us in our 4 vineyards: Viña Tondonia, Viña Cubillo, Viña Gravonia y Viña Bosconia. We harvested a total of 951.476 kg of grapes. The yields were very high considering that this year could have been more difficult due to the heat wave that affected our vineyards from May until the beginning of September. The vines recovered thanks to the rain of the month of September. The harvest started in September 24th and lasted until October 23rd. Therefore, it was one of the longest harvests in the history of our house. This was due to the fact that we wanted the grapes to take maximum advantage of the late September rain. Our experience due to the fact that our vineyards age average is quite high allow the vines to survive without suffering hydric stress and made rich and round wines capable to be stored for a long time.

Tasting note: Colour: Vibrant red leading slightly towards amber. Nose: Light fresh texture with notes of vanilla and dried berry aromas. Taste: Rich, very dry, smooth, developed. Firm tannins and good balance. Grape Varieties: Tempranillo (75%), Garnacho (15%), Graciano and Mazuelo (10%), all from our own vineyards.

Ageing period in barrels:6 years, racked twice a year and fined with fresh egg whites.