From a single parcel of Listán Negro interplanted with a small amount of Listán Blanco. The whole bunches are picked manually and food-trodden in a concrete tank without temperature control. The fermentation takes places spontaneously, carried out by local yeast. After a maceration period of 28 to 35 days the wine is racked to neutral 500 litre French oak casks. It then matures for 12 months on its lees before being bottled unfiltered. Wild, smoky with strong peppery notes. Think Volcanic Nebbiolo.
Notes on the producer
Tenerife has a long and fascinating winemaking history, indigenous varieties such as Listán Negro and Blanco, Tintilla and Baboso Negro, can be found growing on 100 year-old own rooted vines. Jonatan Garcia from pioneering Tenerife bodega Suertes del Marqués is part of the growing breed of passionate Spanish producers working on the island, capitalising on the heritage vines, and allowing the volcanic soils to speak through his eloquent, mineral driven wines. Grapes come from the Orotova Valley, on the cooler north side of the island, which features volcanic clay soils and the steep slopes of the Pico del Teide volcano. Many are grown in a traditional trellising system called Cordon Trenzado - vine branches are plaited together and supported on stakes, and eventually grow into gnarly arms sometimes several meters in length. The estate has some incredibly old, low-yielding vines and produce wines that have freshness, balance, purity of fruit, minerality and an authentic terroir character. To us these are truly special wines, and they leave a lasting impression on everyone who tries them.