Produced from a wild array of indigenous red varietals, but mainly Listán Negro, the vines here are very old and ungrafted, grown in the Taganana area of Tenerife. Whole cluster fermentation lends a truly Burgundian texture and lift to this wine with the added herbal notes picked up from the surrounding brush.
This wine shows very sophisticated texture and balance, with notes of red berries, volcanic earth, crisp acidity and coated tannins.
Producer Information: Sortevera
“The message to the world is that Tenerife wine is nothing new,” says winemaker Jonatan García Lima. “The thing is the gap of 200 years when it was in decline.” Firmly in the vanguard of the Canary Island’s vinous renaissance, García Lima is best known for his work at Suertes del Marqués, the estate he owns with his father. Sortevera is a more recent passion project, borne out of his relationship with grower Jose Angel Alonso Ramos, whose Taganana vineyards produce fruit García Lima wanted not just to blend but to shine a spotlight on. A collaboration between the two men, the wines of Sortevera are made at Suertes del Marqués under their own label, with 2018 the first vintage.
Located on the northeastern tip of the island, Sortevera’s Taganana vineyards are farmed organically, with many vines over 100 years old. Harvesting is done by hand and only indigenous yeasts used in the winery, producing a compact collection of field blends that give a true taste of the land. All spend 10 months in neutral 500-litre French oak barrels.