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Suertes del Marqués El Esquilon 2020

A lively and flavourful red with incredible depth and structure, reminiscent of Nebbiolo.

Origin:

Valle de la Orotava, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Grape:

100% Listán Negro

ABV:

12.5%

Producer Profile

Suertes del Marqués is a family winery that has been producing wines since 2006. However, our tradition as winegrowers dates back to twenty years ago that date, growing and selling our grapes to other wineries in the Apellation Valle de La Orotava. Geographically we are in the north of the island of Tenerife, in Valle de La Orotava, a valley within the town of the same name. Without losing sight of the respect for tradition, cornerstone of our winery philosophy, in Suertes del Marqués we artificially interfere as little as possible in the production of our wines, so we work with indigenous yeasts, avoid racking and using only minimal amounts of sulfur in our wines. All processes in the cellar are carried out by hand, from works in the vineyard to harvest. We avoid any systemic treatments in the vineyard, using only natural products when vine diseases eventually arise.

Grape Profile

Listán Negro (not to be confused with Listán Prieto) is a red Spanish wine grape variety that is widely planted in the Canary Islands, particularly on the island of Tenerife. Listan Negro is a cross between Listan Blanco (Palomino fino) and Tinta Negro Mole, a variety better know in Madeira.

Region Profile

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.

Viticulture

The vineyards are situated at the northern side of the island in the Orotava Valley, at an altitude of 250-750 metres. The soil is volcanic with different compositions depending on each particular plot. The climate is humid sub-tropical.

Vinification

Fermented in concrete tanks, with manual punching down, 14 months ageing in 500 litre French neutral oak casks

Suggested Local Foods:

Ropa Vieja Canaria, Conejo al salmorejo, Gofio, Mojo, Arroz a la Cubana, Queso de cabra

Try it with:

Canarian Goat