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.