I do not know about you, dear reader, but to me it is very crazy that, although living in Spain, I’ve been able to try some of the most rare and fantastic Spanish wines in Germany. A couple of years ago a 1960 Ygay, a 1973 and 1981 Viña Tondonia blew my mind. On a resent trip to Rheinhessen a very generous friend shared a couple of bottles of 2008 Viña Tondonia Rosé, a very rare and hard to find wine from Rioja.
Its production is limited to 13.200 bottles per year and it’s only made in excellent vintages.
This wine is a blend of 60% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo and 10% Viura and with a 4 year aging period in old barrels it’s the only Gran Reserva rosé in Rioja. Before being released to the market the bottled wine is kept in the winery for 6 more years.
It has an expressive nose showing intense aromas of sour cherries, blood orange, hay and vanilla. On the palate it has a medium plus body, a vibrant and refreshing acidity and a long aftertaste. It was very nicely paired with homemade shellfish ravioli in fish broth.
The current vintage on the market is 2009 and if you come across one of these bottles do not think twice, they disappear quickly!