“The top white is the 2017 Vidonia, produced with Listán Blanco grapes from the estate vineyards, where the soils have more clay and the wines tend to be more elegant. 2017 was a warm and early year, when the grapes were picked early, with 13% alcohol and a pH of 2.94. It fermented and matured in 500-liter oak barrels for 11 months. It has an incredibly elegant profile, nuanced and clean, very transparent, with great purity and focused, precise flavors. This wine has come a long way, it started as a barrel selection and it’s now a completely separate cuvée vinified by soil type, where they look for places that can deliver more elegant wines. A Listán Blanco of amazing finesse. 8,000 bottles were filled in September 2018.” – 95 points, Wine Advocate (Luis Gutierrez) April 30th, 2019
Suertes del Marqués has built an extension in their winery in La Orotava on the island of Tenerife. They had a big party for the opening and invited a number of friends to pour their wines for guests, and in the evening they had some rock bands. It was a coincidence that I had to be in the island to taste the wines, and it was also Carnival week. They work nine hectares of estate vineyards and two rented vineyards in the village of La Orotava, and they purchase grapes from 17 hectares worked by local growers in Los Realejos and La Orotava, villages of the Orotava Valley. They are in the process of certifying the organic work in the vineyards, even most of the ones from the other growers. They now produce 110,000 bottles, and the portfolio of labels doesn’t stop growing, to the point where it’s a bit difficult to understand some of the wines. They are moving away from barriques and getting more 2,500- and 4,500-liter oak vats. But quality is superb across the range.