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Los Bermejos Malvasia Seco 2010

Los Bermejos Malvasia Seco 2010

Sku: 067291

The cultivation of the Malvasia grape in this region is not easy! The vines grow on the island’s well known volcanic soils, locally known as “picón,” in the region of Geria. This soil creates quick drainage as well as evaporation of the already minimal amount of water in the soils due to low yearly rainfall. The mountainous region is exposed to such strong winds that the vines are trained in “hoyos,” or low lying vines grown in a circular shape. Due to these adverse conditions, the vines are extensively tended by hand and yields are extremely low creating wines with intense character and genuine expression of their terroir.

Technical notes
The Canary Island chain, off the north coast of Africa (Morocco) has a diverse group of microclimates. The soils here are entirely volcanic which lends itself to their unique minerality as well as naturally creating low yields due to the high drainage of porous soils. The minerality is not flinty, nor citrusy or chalky. It’s sometimes smoky, a bit saline, and other times it’s like drinking liquid stones. In addition, due to its geographical isolation, varietals that are obsolete on mainland Spain are still being planted as they have remained unexposed to Phylloxera and are mostly still planted on Vinifera rootstocks. Vines were planted as early as the 16th Century and the islands were highly acclaimed for their sweet wines made from Malvasía – made in an oxidative and Maderized style as in Madeira, Sherry, Port and the like. As you’re bound to find out when researching wines from the Canaries, Shakespeare mentions the Canary wines or The Canary Sack (suggested to have come from La Palma) in The Twelfth Night and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

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Country: Spain
Region: Canarias
Sub-Region: Lanzarote
Grape Varietal: Malvasia
Type: Still wine
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