Trenzado, Suertes del Marques, Tenerife 2016

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Trenzado, Suertes del Marques, Tenerife 2016


This is a wine that can divide a room. It won't be to everybody's taste, thanks to the strong mineral and maritime influence that informs the wine, but for us, this is what great white Burgundy would taste like if the grapes grew on a volcano (and these do!). The nose has the chiselled mineral cut of a flinty Puligny-Montrachet allied to a dry, salty, Jura-like tang. It’s a thrillingly wild, sea-sprayed shipwreck of lemons, grapefruit, crushed rocks, and smoked almonds… the sort of wine that whets your appetite in a distinctly Spanish way, like a fino sherry but without the surplus alcohol. We make no apologies for loving this style of white wine, and acknowledge that it won’t please every palate, but if, like us, you crave these pithy, sappy, unfiltered wines informed by the vineyard’s soil and microclimate, then don’t hesitate. Oh, and don’t drink it all on day one, it’s even better on day two and three and four. 13.5% alc. Drink now-2021.

Press reviews:

The Wine Advocate: “
The 2016 Trenzado, named after the peculiar training system used in La Orotava, where the branches form a braid (trenzado means braided), is from the same vineyards as the 2015, but it was picked a little earlier and the fermentation was in stainless steel and used 500-liter oak barrels plus one new 4,500-liter oak foudre, except for one of the six vineyards, which fermented in stainless steel and matured in concrete exclusively. The different lots matured in their fermentation vessels for nine months. The new oak is completely unnoticeable, and the wine felt vibrant and very much alive, still young and undeveloped in the nose, with a Chablis-like minerality and clarity. The saline and mineral sensation is very clear. 2015 is a little more exotic, and I feel 2016 is purer. 17,000 bottles produced.” 92+ points
Jancis (Tamlyn Currin) on the previous vintage: "Cordite-smoky with a strong pungency. Long and exciting, redolent of wild, windswept, lonely stretches of beach: seaweed-strewn, iodine and salt and rust and wet shells on the foam. Very direct. Determined and angular and striding out. It gave me goosebumps. Drink 2017-2022." 17 points

Customer comments (previous vintage):

"We tried the Trenzado the other night. Never tasted anything quite like it, but we really liked it. And then we ended up drinking it with food that happened to be a lot saltier than we're used to, and the salty taste in the wine receded almost completely and the other flavours really came out. I can't tell you how exciting this is. New wines that we actually like. It feels very grown up." - Mr J.M.

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