R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia Blanco 1996

Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Blanco  Reserva 1996Not quite as intense, intoxicating or as breathtakingly beautiful as their Gran Reserva, and perhaps lacking a little freshness too (for the two bottles that I bought and consumed within a few days), the 1996 Tondonia Blanco Reserva showed aromas of citrus-oil, lemon peel, and ripe yellow peaches with a distinctive nutty flavour and a slightly bitter, medium finish. A friend suggested some oxidative notes but that seemed to dissipate after a little while. I do think that a wine like this needs some time to open up and the serving temperature is of paramount importance to showcase its texture and complexity (yes, even for just a Reserva). And for just SGD50+ a pop, I really shouldn’t be nitpicking. Paired wonderfully well with the succulent and flavourful hand-shredded chicken (手撕鸡) I got from a local chain at Wan Chai. Unfortunately, I TOTALLY forgot about the optional tame chili oil in my haste.