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Viña Gravonia Blanco Crianza - 2015

R. López de Heredia

4.20 / 5.0

Type
white still, dry
Region
Rioja DOC, Spain
Vintage
2015
Grapes
Viura
Alcohol
12.5
Sugar
2.5
Price
1620 UAH
Cellar
2 bottles
R. López de Heredia Viña Gravonia Blanco Crianza 2015

Viña Gravonia is 100% Viura from 24 ha plots at 340 meters above sea level in the Gravonia vineyard near the banks of the river Ebro. Historically these wines were called Viña Zaconia. The average age of vines is 45 years. The whole plot is planted only with Viura grapes.

Ratings

4.20 / 5.0750 ml@Lo Kyiv

This wine is available at the Lo bar! But I didn't say it, agreed?

This wine continues to impress with its rich and varied bouquet, featuring lemon, honey, nuts, seashells, subtle sea notes, mushrooms, damp cellar nuances, and a hint of vanilla. The palate is remarkably fresh, bordering on perfect balance. Its sophistication and multi-layered nature are evident, providing a thoroughly delicious experience enriched by a diverse flavour profile.

4.20 / 5.0750 ml@Garage · Tondonia blanco y amigos

This wine remains as lovely as ever, even taking on a slightly perfumed quality. The nose is rich with an array of scents including lemon, honey, nuts, seashells, oceanic hints, mushrooms, a damp cellar nuance, and a touch of vanilla. The palate is beautifully fresh, almost achieving perfect balance. It's sophisticated, multi-layered, and thoroughly delicious, with a wide array of flavours.

Wine #2 on Tondonia blanco y amigos event.

4.20 / 5.0750 ml@Wix Kyiv Office · Mixed Bag Vol. 9

'If it ain't broke, don't fix it', says María José López de Heredia. And the 2015 Gravonia is wonderful. It's ready to be enjoyed today. It has the right amount of fruit to be friendly and easy to understand (no negative connotations), and minerality with ageing traces to have extra non-conflicting layers for complexity.

Honey, shells, citrus, sea, Jerez, mushrooms, wet cellar and vanilla. Fresh, almost perfectly balanced, sophisticated, multilayered and DELICIOUS. It's a pure bliss to drink. And a great value.

Wine #3 on Mixed Bag Vol. 9 event.

4.20 / 5.0750 ml@101 Bar

Wonderful as always. At first, it feels shy, but after letting it breathe and warm up a bit, it reveals its beauty. Honey, shells, citrus, Jerez, almond and vanilla. Fresh, almost perfectly balanced, sophisticated and multilayered. Obviously, something to repeat. Good value.

R. López de Heredia

We are in Haro, the mythical capital of the Rioja Alta region. Its ascension to a prestigious winemaking region was ignited by phylloxera. A curious insect, brought by accident from North America to Europe, devasted vineyards across the continent. The Great French Wine Blight drove many winemakers to alternative regions. The French settled in Rioja because they found potential there.

Rioja, like many other regions, has seen its ups and downs, reflecting Spain's history. Though, having potential is not enough. The wine doesn't make itself. Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta was an enthusiastic student when French negociants visited Rioja in search of alternative grape sources. He followed their footsteps and fell in love with Haro as he saw potential in the combination of soil and climate. Around 1877 he began the design and construction of the complex, known today as the López de Heredia bodega, the oldest in Haro and one of the first three houses in the Rioja region.

López de Heredia is famous for being true to their heritage and house style. Unprecedented old-school wine, a time machine trapped in a bottle. Today, María José López de Heredia runs the bodega. She says "tradition" doesn't mean immobility or opposition to change. The world and nature follow their own rhythm. So they need to be flexible while maintaining eternal principles and criteria.

López de Heredia produces wines in four ranges - Viña Tondonia, Viña Bosconia, Viña Cubillo and Viña Gravonia. All are named after vineyards.

Viña Cubillo has only one wine - a red Crianza. The three years that Cubillo spends in cask, plus four to five years in bottle before release, exceeds the legal levels for even Gran Reserva.

Viña Gravonia also consists of only one wine - a white Crianza. It is 100% Viura from 24 ha in the Gravonia (Zaconia) vineyard near the banks of the river Ebro. This vineyard ticks every conceivable box to produce white grapes which achieve ripeness and intricate character. It is further enhanced by four years in a cask and at least the same again resting in a bottle before release.

Viña Bosconia has two variants - Reserva and Gran Reserva. The former appears in a Burgundy bottle. It could be a hint of the elegant yet full-bodied wine within. The Gran Reserva is made only in exceptional years and is released only 20 years after the vintage.

Viña Tondonia is the most famous and largest set of vineyards of López de Heredia. It's made up of 100 ha of red and white grapes. Five wines are produced: Tinto Reserva, Tinto Gran Reserva, Blanco Reserva, Blanco Gran Reserva and Rosado Gran Reserva.