This captivating white takes its name from the trellis system unique to the Canary Islands: “el cordon trenzado”, where the vine branches are plaited together and can grow to several metres long. Wild, distinctive, and thirst-quenching with a beautiful chalky texture, the best whites from Tenerife are often compared to Burgundy. With citrus fruit, subtle floral notes and smoke it's a reflection of the basalt soils on this volcanic island.
Jonatan Garcia from pioneering Tenerife bodega Suertes del Marqués is part of the 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 wines.
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.