THE VINEYARD ZACONIA - Viña Gravonia wine comes from our vineyard called “Viña Zaconia”. The vineyard is 0.12 miles from the winery and close to the Ebro River. Its height is 1,116 feet above sea level. The soil is stony, the roots of the vines go deep, and ensure very balanced, ripe grapes. Viña Zaconia has a surface of 59 acres, all of them Viura grape. Historically, the wines coming from that vineyard were called “Viña Zaconia”.
Region/Sub- Region: Spain, Rioja, Rioja Alta.
Grapes: 100% Viura.
Harvest: End September-early October, all done by hand, cutting with a curved knife "corquete", prevents the grape breaking causing fermentation prematurely. Bunches are placed in conical wood containers made at the R. López de Heredia cooperage.
Vinification: Grapes are crushed immediately releasing their must with as little contact with skins as possible. Spontaneous fermentation in 16,000L vats.
Aging: 4 years in 225L American oak barrels handmade by the López de Heredia coopers, racked twice per and at least 5 years in bottle before released.
Nose: Dried tropical notes, citrus curd, and baking spice.
Taste: Freshness on the palate overlaid by the tannins and lignins of older oak with a pleasing touch of acidity.
Gastronomy: Tapas, any kind of fish, shellfish, and poultry.
Color: Slightly developed pale gold.
Talking About the Wines:
-The Wine Advocate, Oct '20 gave 93 points to 2013 Viña Gravonia Crianza. “It has citrus notes (orange peel, yuzu) and an herbal twist, balsamic with the unmistakably white López de Heredia aroma of mushrooms that you smell as soon as you enter ancient cellars. It’s quite pale, and the palate is sharp and austere, quite light but with the pungent flavors and a long and tasty finish. It was bottles in September 2019 after four years in American barrels.”
-The Wine Advocate, June '19 gave 94 points to 2011 Viña Gravonia Crianza. “Simply stunning. This is from a cooler and very balanced year that is perfectly reflected in the wine. The wine is developing slowly, with noted of lemon curd, dried yellow flowers, saffron and spice. The palate revels real energy, great balance and very tasty, almost salty finish…”
-Wine Spectator, June 30th '19 gave 94 Points to 2009 Viña Gravonia Crianza. “This white is rich and expressive, a fine example of the traditional style. Bold flavors of quince, dried pineapple, lemon confit and vanilla mingle in a polished texture, supported by firm acidity and fine tannins. Balanced and long.”