Bodegas Ondarre Mayor de Ondarre Rioja Reserva 2017


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Deep cherry red with inky hues and a complex bouquet of fruit aromas, spices and smoky aromas. On the palate, this wine has a smooth texture but with backbone and lots of concentration, very elegant in style.

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£27.79 per bottle

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The 2017 Mayor de Ondarre won a Platinum Medal and 97pts at the Decanter World Wine Award 2022: "Rolling, elegant and complex with a resplendent coconut, blackberry, plum and vanilla oak bouquet. Polished oak on the palate with some leafy dark berries, strawberry and black raspberry elements. Mouth-filling, refined tannins rev up, with touches of coffee and chocolate mocha on the lingering finish."

The vineyards are situated on Rioja Valley’s northern hills on south-facing slopes, at an altitude of 550 metres above sea level. The vines, which have an average age of 25 years, are planted in uneven terrain due to several streams that run down the mountains that mark the northern border of Rioja. The soils are generally poor in nutrients and very shallow, just 30 to 35 centimetres in depth, which encourage the vines to send their roots deeper in search of nutrients and water. The soils vary from plot to plot, but there is a prevalence of clay based soils with high iron and chalk content. The clay content retains water, which nourishes the vines during the warm summers and the iron content is an essential nutrient for photosynthesis.

The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of between 20 to 26°C, with daily pump-overs. Malolactic fermentation took place in new oak casks from Missouri and Central France. In order to preserve the concentration of fruit, the wine was fined naturally with a series of successive rackings and was then rested for 20 months in bottle, prior to release.

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RRP £30.00
Vintage 2017
Alcoholic strength 13%
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Subregion DWWA, 2022, Platinum 97pts
Grapes Tempranillo 92%, Mazuelo 8%
Body D
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic No
Biodynamic No
Closure Cork
Bodegas Ondarre

Bodegas Ondarre was founded in 1985, with the aim of creating wines which showcase the region’s distinct terroirs. The cooperative winery is situated in the town of Viana which overlooks the Rioja Valley in Rioja Oriental. Bodegas Ondarre has formed trusted relationships with the highest quality growers in the area, with whom they have been working since 1985. The Reservas are Bodegas Ondarre’s most acclaimed wines, which win top awards and critical approval every year. They attribute their success to hard work in the vineyards and their continual investment in the winery and barrel stock. They use both French and American oak casks to help them obtain the character in their wines. They also produce a few thousand cases of a single varietal Graciano - a real rarity due to the low yielding nature of this variety.

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