"It has complexity that goes beyond an entry-level red. This is a wine that over-delivers for the price asked, and it is highly recommended. To buy by the case." - Luis Gutiérrez
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.
This red is a village wine from La Orotava. The 2019 7 Fuentes was produced with Listán Negro grapes with some 10% Castellana Negra from up to 25 different vineyards, mostly from the center and east of the valley where the grapes are mostly red, with vines ranging between 10 and 200 years old at altitudes of 300 to 700 meters on different soils, all volcanic but with more or less clay, silt and sand. It fermented with some 10% full clusters in concrete with indigenous yeasts and matured for six months, 60% in concrete and 40% of the volume in used 500-liter oak barrels, then blended and kept in stainless steel for a further five months. It has moderate alcohol, 12.6%, and mellow acidity. It showcases the minerality of the Orotava reds, with telltale aromas of volcanic ash, black peppercorns and dry roses. It has complexity that goes beyond an entry-level red. This is a wine that overdelivers for the price asked, and it is highly recommended. To buy by the case.
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.