Estate: Suertes del Marques is a family winery that has been producing wines since 2006. Owner Jonatan Garcia Lima, “is part of the growing breed of intensely passionate young Spanish producers capitalising on the heritage vines and allowing the volcanic soils to speak through his eloquent, mineral driven wines”. The 11 hectares of vineyards are located on the slopes of Teide, an active volcano in the northern part of Tenerife, in the Valle de la Orotava appellation, which is one of the oldest winemaking regions in the Canary Islands. The estate is widely recognized as the best on Tenerife. Low intervention, organic and sustainable practices are used in both the vineyards and cellar.
Winemaking: Grapes are from a single vineyard, El Ciruelo [named from the ancient plum tree at its center], under a hectare in size, facing north and at 480-520 meters in elevation. Vines are over 80 years in age, ungrafted, cordon trenzado trained and in “volcanic soils with some sandy loam”. Whole bunches fermented with native yeasts in concrete vats with 25 days maceration. Aged in used 500-liter French oak barrels for 11 months.
Tasting Notes: Dark ruby red in colour, with aromas of smoky earth, black cherry and candied rose petal. Raspberry, black cherry, pomegranate and grilled herbs are framed by silky, firm tannins and fresh acidity. Wildflowers, cherry, wild strawberry, black pepper and a wisp of smoke linger on the satin finish. Refined, genteel, an elegant synthesis of flavours.
100% Listan Negro
Valle de la Orotava DO
Produced & Bottled by Soagranorte SL – R.E. 1065 TF/C
$40 [average price]