[from the importer] "This extraordinary combo pack presents two different expressions of the same wine (Manzanilla Solear) of the same age selected from botas situated at opposite ends of the same bodega: Arboledilla, a magical site and a living symbol of the old Jerez. Two hundred meters are sufficient to foster entirely different microbiological activity and mark the wines with a completely different character." Includes 2x 750ml bottles, 1 each "Levante" & "Poniente".
Tondonia is the jewel in the crown of Lopez de Heredia. This vineyard forms a Peninsula in the Ebro river, with perfect microclimate and alluvial and granite soils. Tondonia Reserva was aged in American oak barrels for six years, shows a wonderful garnet color with touches of orange, a toasty nose of vanilla and dry cherries, clean, direct and round in the mouth with along persistent finsh.
2 months skin-contact, followed by 5 months in amphora. No sulfites at all, unfined, unfiltered.
Opens up first on amphora high notes and a bit of VA, but unfolds into mellow chenin tones framed by a high-tension skin-contact framework, in a decidedly natural-wine style.
Recommend decanting, or opening 3-4 hour in advance. Enjoy cool.