7 Fuentes – 7 springs – refers to the seven sites in the Valle de la Orotava, where the grapes for this cuvée are sourced. Suertes del Marqués refers to this wine as their “village wine” and it is a great introduction to their reds. The fruit comes from several plots on volcanic soils, each of which is vinified separately and assembled just before bottling. The blend is dominated by the wildly aromatic Listán Negro, along with a small amount of Tintilla (aka Trousseau), yielding a juicy and expressive wine with aromas of red and black fruits, black pepper, ginger and smoke. Beautifully balanced in the mouth with ripe and round tannins and a lingering finish.
Tenerife has a long and fascinating winemaking history, indigenous varieties such as Listan Negro, Tintilla and Baboso Negro, can be found growing on 100-year-old vines. Many of these older vines are trained in unique braided cordons known locally as cordon trenzado.
Suertes source their grapes from the Orotova Valley, on the cooler north side of the island, which features volcanic clay soils and steep slopes of the Pico del Teide volcano. The estate has some incredibly old, low-yielding vines and produces wines that have freshness, balance, purity of fruit, minerality and an authentic terroir character.