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.

Bosconia 1991 and da Luca

R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia 1991

This is an amazing tempranillo made in the burgundian style. Pale brick-red core with an orange-brownish rim, the wine exhibited pronounced orange peel, redcurrants, cranberries aromas mingled with a touch of secondary nose which I expect to be even more so given sufficient cellaring time. Explosively perfumy like a Corton but not quite so. On the palate, it’s tart with bright, medium acidity that’s layered with red fruit flavours and spices. A nice medium to medium plus length finish provided a nice balance. Still a baby I must say. I can’t wait to see how this would evolve in the next 10 years.

Had this with 2 pizzas from da Luca at Goldhill Plaza and some baby capsicums. The capricciosa was a better pairing. If you’re interested to read about the technical details of the wine, click here.