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Suertes del Marques Trenzado
Intriguing white from the volcanic slopes of north Tenerife.
A fascinating white from Tenerife, an island making some of the world's most exciting wines. The steep volcanic slopes of the semi-dormant volcano Mount Teide have a huge mineral content, with the vines digging deep into the free-draining ground. The name refers to the method of training the vines, 'el cordon trenzado', with multiple vines braided together and supported by ground stakes.
The wine itself is made from the Listan Blanco grape, more commonly known as Palomino, the principle grape used to make sherry. Here there is maybe a hint of that character, but less so in other conventionally made Palomino wines. The minerality is intense; as can be the case with wines from volcanic soil, there is almost an absence of fruit but absolutely no absence of flavour. It's an extraordinary juxtaposition and makes for an uncommonly delicious and thought-provoking wine. We adore it.
That wonderfully inviting smoky volcanic aroma. Fumy wild herbs – an aroma that reminds me of spontaneously fermented Riesling. Wonderfully dry and tangy and crisp, with a firm, dry texture balancing the acidity. Wild, smoky and long. Delicious, complex, with ripe, rich sour-citrus fruit coming back on the finish. GV. 17.5/20 Julia Harding, www.jancisrobinson.com
|Wine Type||White wine|
|Grape Varietal||Listan Blanco|
|Food Pairings||Barbecued Fish, Poultry|
|Oak Length||8 months concrete, 8 months oak|
|Oak Type||French Oak|