This perfumed, elegant red is made from the Vijariego Negro grape, also known as Sumoll on mainland Spain. Light in alcohol, it has a spicy nose, fine minerality and a faint smokiness. The 2019s from Tenerife achieved perfect ripeness but kept fantastic acidity, which makes for wines with very good ageing potential.
'...elegant nose, pungent with herbal notes reminiscent of a Chinon, with a medium body and very good freshness.' - Luis Gutiérrez
The 2019 Cruz Santa was produced with Vijariego Negro, the same grape called Sumoll in Cataluña that tends to produce pale, light and aromatic wines. The vineyard has clay-rich soils and sits at 440 to 500 meters in altitude, with vines that were planted 20 years ago and are pruned in a cordon de Royat method rather than the traditional cordón trenzado from the Orotava. The full clusters fermented in plastic bins with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in a used 500-liter barrel for 10 months. This is only 11.5% alcohol and has a perfumed and elegant nose, pungent with herbal notes reminiscent of a Chinon, with a medium body and very good freshness.
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.
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