Vidonia, Suertes del Marques, Valle de la Orotava, Tenerife, Spain 2016

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Vidonia, Suertes del Marques, Valle de la Orotava, Tenerife, Spain 2016

28.50

"Outstanding. Well done!" - The Wine Advocate, 94+ points

This is a hugely exciting wine by any standards, although it's probably not a wine for learner drinkers or those who still have their stabilisers on, because it's from unusual terrain.  Old vineyards on a volcano in the Atlantic Ocean are unlikely to produce a wine you can ignore and this mesmerisingly complex and delicious wine is undeniably informed by its rocky, salty, maritime birthplace.  It's as thrilling to our tastebuds as any of the great white Burgundies, which can express their origins with similar eloquence, and it shares some of the struck flint and insistent fruit of the very best. Even if you don't think it's one of the most exciting wines you have ever tasted, as we do, you'll be amazed by its sense of drama.

Clay soils at 350-450 m. Listan Blanco vines of 100+ years old on volcanic and basaltic soils. Fermented in used 500-litre barrels, with 10 months on lees.
 

Press review:

The Wine Advocate: "I also tasted the 2016 Vidonia, pure Listán Blanco from a centenary vineyard on clay soils at 350 to 450 meters altitude. It fermented in used 500-litre oak casks, where the wine matured for a period of ten months. It feels young and undeveloped, with aromas reminiscent of gunflint and smoke. The palate feels more austere and stony. 2016 was not an easy year (they didn't produce Solana that year), but the result was outstanding. Well done! 5,600 bottles were filled in September 2017." 94+ points

Jancis Robinson (Tamlyn Currin):
“Peppery, herbal, intricate nose. Green and long and so, so structured it seems to fill the mouth with arching steel girders. Outrageously fresh, explosive! A crescendo of wine, more felt than tasted. Drink 2018-2024” 17.5 points

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