2019 Suertes del Marques Trenzado
A blend of Listan Blanco & Torrontes Volcanio. Bright straw colour with a watery hue. Aromas of guava, pear skin and citrus mix with saline oyster shell like notes. Guava and pineapple fruits have a fresh elegant feel complimented by pear skin, tangy mandarin and saline oyster shell like characters. Finishes dry with crunchy acidity and a tangy, slender feeling aftertaste.
Drink over the next 1-2 years.
By the time I tasted the wines, the white 2019 Trenzado had already been bottled. 2019 is again a new record, the earliest harvest ever (the previous one was only 2017), a year of high temperatures and little rain, when yields from the Listán Blanco were down by 60%. This comes from six centenary cordón trenzado vineyards between 350 and 700 meters in altitude on basalt soils. The must fermented in two third year 4,500-liter oak foudres, two second year 2,500-liter oak foudres and a new 2,000-liter oak foudre with indigenous yeasts and matured for nine months. They still managed to keep moderate alcohol and very good freshness. At this young age, it has a reductive profile, a characteristic common to these volcanic whites. The soils from the west of the Orotava tend to reduce the wines more than the soils from the Suertes zone. 2019 was a very challenging year in the Canary Islands in general; here, the yields were very low, and the wine feels a little softer than the 2018, giving it a softer mouthfeel compared with the livelier 2018. Give it a few more months to absorb the reduction. 11,200 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2020. Drink 2021-2024.
Luis Gutierrez – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate