Canary Islands, ES
Grapes, Listan Negro
Serving: Chilled (12–14°C)
About: The vineyards are situated on the northern side of the island in the Orotava Valley on the island of Tenerife at an altitude of 500-550 metres. The grapes are sourced from the tiny El Ciruelo parcel (0.75 ha). The vines are planted on their own roots in volcanic, sandy soil and the climate is humid sub-tropical. The parcel is named after a centenary plum tree, “ciruelo” in Spanish”, planted side by side with the vines.
The whole bunches are picked manually and food-trodden in a concrete tank without temperature control. The fermentation takes places spontaneously, carried out by local yeast, at nearly 30º C. After a maceration period of 28 to 35 days with daily and gentle manual pigeage, wine is racked to neutral 500 litre French oak casks in which malolactic fermentation takes place. After maturing for 12 months on its lees the wine is bottled unfiltered.