Lopez de Heredia Tondonia "Gravonia" Blanco 2008

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Aged four years in barrel and almost four in bottle before release. 100% Viura from the Zaconia vineyard, average around 45 years old. The poor stony soils face south and contribute to the wine's complexity and minerality. Lopez de Heredia - one of the most venerable producers in Spain – produces traditional, age worthy red and white Rioja wines. Their wines are legendary and still made the way they were when the winery was founded over a hundred and thirty years ago. Following a tradition that has been passed down through generations, their wines are released at least five to ten years after harvest, which provides added complexity and elegance to their Crianzas and Gran Reservas. A rarity in Rioja, Lopez de Heredia uses only estate bottled fruit from their prized vineyards: Tondoñia, Bosconia, Cubillo and Zaconia. Average vine age is 45 years old and organic farming and natural fermentations are implemented creating wines that exhibit great terroir.

A year officially rated as VERY GOOD. The year has passed without severe climatological incidents, in lack of spring frost; but denoted with abundant spring precipitations and after the harvest. However, a mild and drier summer favored the growth and health of the grapes; which led to a not very abundant, but with similar quality than the previous vintage. The weather conditions were exceptionally favorable during all the final phase of the vegetative cycle, something that is always decisive for the quality of the harvest. Our vineyard enjoyed the optimal conditions necessary to get a health state of the fruit almost perfect; and with balanced parameters of color, acidity, degree of alcohol, etc. during the maturation. All of these characteristics let us get a high quality harvest with a little inferior final volume compared to previous years. The harvest started the 6th of October in Viña Gravonia with the white varieties, the 9th of October in Viña Tondonia with the red varieties; and finished the 30th of October after the harvest of Viña Cubillo and Viña Bosconia.

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