A crazy wine that needs time to open up. Fresh limes, caramel, grilled nuts, honey, parmesan, white flowers are all evident. The palate is dry, savoury, earthy and long with a lovely perfume that floats over the top. Ready to drink now with a whole baked snapper with aromatic spices. All hail Rioja Viura.
Bodegas R. López de Heredia was founded in 1877 by Don Rafael López de Heredia y Landeta. It’s bodega was built close to the railway station at Haro, in the heart of La Rioja Alta which allowed it access to Bordeaux know how and transportation for both grapes and wines. They embody the classic old school Rioja; oxidative handling, long oak aging and plenty of personality and charm.
A large and varied region and Spain’s quality flagship. Sub-regions Alta and Alavesa are the high altitude cooler parts that show elegant and almost Burgundian Tempranillo wines. Baja is the low hot lands sub region where Garnacha (Grenache) becomes more important. Producer is the most important determiner of quality as products range from traditional savoury wines to modern silky, pure wines. The whites can be neutral and simple through to pretty and silky affairs.
Viura (aka Macabeo)
Used in Northern Spain for table wines and also for making the native sparkling wine: Cava. It is aromatic and dry but can tend to be a bit simple and neutral if not coaxed into great deeds in the winery.