Paisaje de Las Islas Malvasía Y Marmajuelo 2021
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Translated, the name refers to the “landscape of the islands”. As a wine it represents the terroirs and grapes of the Canaries. For the flagship white wine bearing this name it reflects the uniqueness of Tenerife specifically.
This dry white wine is made of equal parts Marmajuelo (pronounced mar-ma-hwey-ho) and Malvasia Aromática, hand-harvested from hillside vineyards (with volcanic soils) at a height of 250-500 metres above sea level. Vinification is in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks, and then 50% of the wine is aged for 5 months in new French-oak barrels. 13.7% alc./vol.
Marmajuelo is found mainly on the islands of Tenerife and el Heirro. Only about 24 ha is under vine across all the Canaries, it is mainly used in blends, and is a one of the first to be harvested, usually in August. It typically shows tropical aromas and flavours with herbal/mineral notes. Medium to full on the palate, notable acidity, and a persistent finish. Malvasía is not unique to the Canaries, but local versions contribute essential aromatics in blends. In particular floral aromatics (eg. rose) and citrus (grapefruit and orange).
Our Tasting Note: Bright, straw yellow colour. Tropical aromatics reminiscent of warm pineapple, mango, apricot, and orange citrus with toffee, herb (fennel), and mineral notes. Medium-bodied, crisp acidity, and a dry, rich, clean finish. You can decant this wine, and would cellar well for 5-8 more years.
Pairing Suggestions: This wine has great gastronomic potential. It will work with seafood and shellfish, pasta with creamy sauces, Sushi, white meats, and Asian cuisine. Pair with a cheese platter, and save some for dessert.
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