Winery: Bodegas R. López de Heredia Viña Tondonia
Region: D.O.C. Rioja
Colour: Natural gold, developed. Nose: Fresh, complex and developed. Taste: Smooth, round, fine and developed.
Perfect with all kinds of fish, irrespective of their preparation; grilled seafood, well-seasoned white meat (see below).
If there is one bodega experienced in producing old white wines, it has to be López de Heredia, never averse to ageing white wines in oak for as long as reds, and the result is much more surprising than might be expected. When this type of wine has spent a long time in contact with oak, the oaky tastes and aromas are overly noticeable and even unbalanced. Nevertheless, when left for a few more years in bottles, the rough edges of oak become sufficiently polished and balanced to create a seductive bouquet of spice, bitter almonds, vanilla and walnut, trademarks of the majestic and opulent Viña Tondonia whites.