Friday, 17 February
Auslese, 115 Hope Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Unfortunately, seats at the López Heredia dinner have been sold out.
Wine Cellar is delighted to host Maria López de Heredia in Cape Town, the fourth generation of our favourite Riojan producer. 140 years ago Maria’s great-grandfather Raphael founded this historic property and very little has changed since.
‘The world of wine has changed around us many times over the last century and a half, but we continue to make the same wines. Trends come and go, but to capture the essence of Rioja one can’t change with every trend. For us, tradition and conviction are life-long attitudes,’ explained Maria on my last visit.
Traditional methods of blending varieties other than Tempranillo into the reds (such as Garnacho, Graciano and Mazuelo) haven’t changed. Extremely long ageing is standard practice – up to 10 years in barrel for the Gran Reserva – and the wines are only released when they are felt to be ready. ‘Visiting the winery is like time travelling to 100 years ago!’ says Luis Gutiérrez of The Wine Advocate. ‘Lopez de Heredia is the apotheosis of traditional, classic wines: taut, fresh, bucolic, utterly charming and amazingly long-lived.’
We will enjoy a 3-course dinner by Harald Bresselschmidt paired with the ‘latest releases’ from Vina Tondonia and Vina Bosconia. Along with unparalleled insight into this special place.
The last course includes Gran Reservas 1995 and 1981, which have now become extremely rare due to gap of 6 vintages until 2001.