Suertes del Marqués '7 Fuentes' Valle de la Orotava, Tenerife, Spain 2016

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Suertes del Marqués '7 Fuentes' Valle de la Orotava, Tenerife, Spain 2016

17.95

If you are interested in this wine, it’s probably because you have the spirit of adventure coursing through your veins and were curious to know more. I mean, the name of the wine isn’t exactly click bait is it? If they wanted to drive traffic they would have called it Kardashian Kids do the Funniest Things Brexit Pinot Grigio 2016. So thank you for tracking it down of your own accord. In fact, you are probably already happily pre-disposed towards these volcanic Tenerife wines, so we’re going to do away with all the caveats and disclaimers about high acidity and smoky minerals and light alcohol, because those are really for people who drink Chilean Merlot. This is a ghostly pale expression of Listan Negro (with a bit of the deeper coloured Tintilla) and it’s all about the ping of raspberries and the pong of volcanoes. It’s light and refreshing and can, nay probably should, be drunk slightly chilled. 13% alc. Drink now-2021.


Press reviews:

Jancis Robinson (Julia Harding): “90 Listán Negro, 10% Tintilla. Vine age 10–100 years. Many different plots fermented separately. Fermented spontaneously in small concrete and inox tanks. 60% aged in concrete and 40% in 500-litre oak casks. Light cherry red. Very smoky and invitingly dusty on the nose, like crushed rocks. Tangy red fruit, more cranberry than anything sweeter smelling. Herbal and peppery too. Smells very fresh and it proves to be so on the palate. Juicy and fresh but with beautifully fine dusty tannins and that note of white pepper. Long and almost little salty on its mouth-watering finish. Scented cool-climate impression. Light-bodied but not in the least insubstantial.” 17 points and ‘Wine of the Week’

The Wine Advocate: “The 2016 7 Fuentes will give you an idea of how the vintage behaved at Suertes del Marqués. They did multiple fermentations, most in concrete but some in stainless steel without temperature control—as the grapes were cooled down—and with indigenous yeasts. They used around 10% full clusters. Some 60% of the volume matured in concrete for nine months, while the rest was in used 500-litre oak barrels and one new 4,500-litre oak foudre. This has even less colour than the 2015, and feels sharp, a little raw, very volcanic and peppery, and it feels like there's one extra step in complexity and depth here. The palate is really nice, electric and, curiously enough, seems sharp, but at the same time, it has volume. This could very well be my favorite vintage of 7 Fuentes to date.” 93 points

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