Malvasía Rosada is a pale red variety, a mutation of Malvasía Aromatica, which you only find on the Canary Islands. It’s made like a red and the final wine is a delicate crimson with fine tannins and a refreshing mineral finish.
Jonatan Garcia from pioneering Tenerife bodega Suertes del Marqués is part of a growing breed of passionate Spanish producers working on the island, capitalising on the heritage vines, and allowing the volcanic soils to speak through his eloquent, mineral-driven wines.
The pale 2020 Malvasía Rosada was produced with 95% Malvasía Rosada and 5% Negramoll from a six-year-old vineyard in the Hacienda Las Cañas that was already pruned in a cordón trenzado way. As in previous years, it fermented with full clusters in a plastic bin with indigenous yeasts and matured in a used 225-liter oak barrel for nine months. It has 11.5% alcohol and a pH of 3.51 and 5.68 grams of acidity. There is a little more complexity and depth here; the vines are a little older. The aromas are subtle, but the flavors are quite pungent. Only 290 bottles were produced.
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.