Verdello is a grape variety also found in Madeira under the name Verdelho. This single variety expression, grown on the Canary Islands, harnasses the natural aromatics of this wonderful grape. The Volcanic soils of the Island translate to an amazing, gunsmoke and struck match reduction on the nose. This complements a fleshy, textured palate brimming with white peach, citrus and salted almonds. A gorgeous white that puts Verdello front and centre, showing this grape's abundant potential in the hands of passionate winemakers.
'Quite special, and a little understated.' - Jamie Goode
Fermented in a 1500 litre foudre. Full yellow colour. Lemony aromatics with some pear and a touch of orange peel. The palate has lovely texture with some richness to the lemon and table grape notes, with a chalky, mineral underpinning. Lively but assured with nice weight. Quite special, and a little understated.
Owned by famous footballer David Silva and brought to life by talented winemaker Jonatan Garcia, Bodegas Tamerán, on Gran Canaria, shows the true character of the island’s volcanic terroir. A dazzling wine that combines sweet lemon blossom aromas with savoury, piquant, salty flavours. Quite weighty, with fresh acidity and a candied peel finish. Garcia has put Verdello’s qualities on show in a spectacular and electrifying way. This is a wine I want to get to know intimately over the course of an evening.
A little more muted than the Baboso but firm and dry and sophisticated. Bone dry!
Verdello is the same grape that is planted in Madeira and Azores, which has nothing to do with the ubiquitous Verdejo from Rueda. The 2020 Verdello, planted around the winery in sandy soils, fermented in a 1,500-liter oak foudre, where it matured with lees for 10 months. It has moderate alcohol and ripeness (12.3% alcohol) and good freshness and acidity. This is very floral, aromatic and a little exotic, closer to the Marmajuelo and Malvasía Volcánica, a little à la Viognier. Despite not having gone through malolactic, the wine has a lactic-like touch, with the benefit of good freshness. It has pungent flavors and an almost salty finish. It's a dry and healthy place, similar to the south of the other islands, and easy to work given the atmospheric conditions.
Tamerán is a project that celebrates the unique growing conditions, history and grape varieties of the Canary Islands. Founded in 2019, this winery is the joint passion of famed footballer - and Canary Island native - David Silva, and the acclaimed Tenerife winemaker Jonatan Garcia of Suertes del Marques.
"It all started when David contacted me by Twitter because he was drinking El Ciruelo 2016, and he was impressed. He said, congratulations, it is great that the wines from the Canary Islands are so good now. So we started a friendship. Six months later we were talking about making something together" - Jonatan Garcia
Jonatan and David formed a fast friendship based on their mutual love of wine and the unique terroir of this Volcanic Island region. Bodegas Tamerán is a remarkable place. The vineyards are planted with local varieties including Verdello, Marmajuelo, Baboso Blanco, Vijariego Blanco and Malvasía Volcánica. Each wine showcases a different variety, giving an honest - and delicious - expression of this fabulous terroir.
The winery is located between 600 and 700 metres above sea level, on south-facing slopes, with sandy volcanic soils. The idea is to produce refreshing, mineral wines which speak to the unique microclimate, volcanic soils and native grapes of the island. They have gotten off to a flying start, and we have been so impressed by each of their unique, single-variety bottlings.