El Chibirique 2016 — Listán Negro
A Wine That
is not for the faint hearted: this is testament to its cool Atlantic climate and volcanic soils. With explosive aromas of smoke, gunflint, crushed rock and every kind of pepper imaginable, this is mean and lean but we love it that way. If you’re a fan of smoked food and open-fire cooking, this wine will intrigue you just as much as it does us. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this curious fine wine.
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- Winemaker: Suertes del Marques
Where and How?
This cuvée comes from a single east-facing vineyard of between 60 and 80-year-old Listán Negro vines, planted on Tenerife’s volcanic soils and tended organically by Suertes del Marqués.
The wine was fermented whole cluster, naturally in open-top vats, and aged in 500L and 228L old oak barrels for ten months. It was bottled unfined, unfiltered and with just a touch of sulphur.
Imagine creating wines that set a new bar for aroma profile? Wines that make heads turn and that make you question – hang on, can wine really taste like this? Well, that’s exactly what Jonatan from Suertes del Marqués has done. His work with Listán Negro and Listán Blanco (Palomino) has put these varieties centre stage. In addition, his work with two plots planted to 25 indigenous varieties of the Canary Islands, among which is the unique Volcanic Torrontés variety – only discovered last year, will one day soon uncover the story and potential of these varieties.
You might think of seaside resorts when you think of Tenerife, but there exists an entirely different world up in the hillsides and mountains; an enclave of organic viticulture and ancient vine material promoted by Jonatan García Lima and the team of Envínate. Together, these two wineries have created an international reputation for the island of Tenerife. In the Valle de la Oratava where Jonatan is based, the black grape variety Listán Negro is King, and the white variety Listán Blanco is Queen, and many of the vines are 100 years old (or more). Other varieties found in these ancient vineyards of extraordinarily diverse DNA include Vijariego Negro, Baboso Negro, Castellana Negra, Malvasia Rosada and Volcanic Torrontés.