Vijariego Blanco is an exceptionally rare white grape, native to the Canary Islands. Jancis Robinson MW once compared it to Assyrtiko, thanks to its ability to retain vibrant acidity even when grown in very hot climates. This acidity plays in its favour here, giving the final wine a lean and refined texture that's marked by lemony, zingy notes. The perfect wine for any fan of mineral, expressive whites with lots of energy.
'Vivid and characterful with lovely fruit intensity' - Jamie Goode
This is the longest cycle grape on the farm, and it’s legally called Vijariego Blanco but its real name is something else. Wonderful nose of marmalade, nectarine and peach with a touch of apple. The palate has lovely depth with fine spices, some minerals and a tangy finish, with some salinity. Bright and mineral with real complexity.
*Aged in oak barrels of 500 litres for 11 months. The true variety is Verijadiego Blanco, a local variety from El Hierro and considered completely different to the Vijariego Blanco from Andalusia, but for legal reasons (the variety isn’t authorised for DO Gran Canaria) this is not stated. *
Very mineral and sharp profile. One of the most mineral varieties there is. A wine that I would love to see with 2–3 years of bottle age. Saline, fluid, sharp and with a markedly mineral profile.
'This estate is on its way to becoming a cult bodega.' - Ferran Centelles, JancisRobinson.com
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.
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