- Vegan-Friendly, Volcanic
- Residual Sugar: 4 g/l
- Medium Bodied
- 13.5% alc./vol
About the Winery
Juan Jesús is a proud native of Tenerife and the fourth generation of growers. During the thirty years that he's overseen Bodegas Viñátigo, he has considerably increased its holdings, planting varieties that he and his team recuperated from near extinction.
Driven by passion and love for his homeland, Juan decided to revive and work to save the native grape varieties that were brought to the Canary Islands by the conquers back in the 15th century and that had survived on the islands for centuries. He is a hero of contemporary Canarian viticulture. The wealth of knowledge that his work has created has helped underpin the significant expansion of wine styles that are now available throughout the archipelago, and his wines have achieved a calibre of class that many doubted the Canaries would ever produce again. (The Epic Wines of the Canary Islands, written by Santo Bains).
Spain’s island wines are becoming more popular and with this rich, multidimensional white from Tenerife you can see why. It’s 100% Gual (better known as Bual) and is buttery and textured. Fermented in steel and concrete egg, it shows a raft of tropical characters, including mango and guava, as well as straw, smoke and green tea. Laser-focused acidity pins it all together. Drinking Window 2021 - 2024. Tasted by Chris Wilson at Best new Spanish wines tasting, 21 Jun 2021.
90 points - John Szabo, MS
Gual is the Canary Islands' name for mainland Malvasia Fina, as well as Madeira's Bual, a rather rare grape in the archipelago. It's also unusual in that, even when vinified in neutral vessels, like in this case stainless steel and concrete, the wine displays a marked smoky note that would lead one to believe it was aged in wood. This 2020 is particularly smoky and also notably lees-inflected with toasty-bisuity autolytic character, wax and honey, yellow fruit and lemon zest, and whisky-like coconut nuances all quite compelling and complex. The palate is broad and soft, gentle and unctuous, with low acids and a sensation of alcoholic warmth, making this more of a comforting winter time white, especially served alongside rich, creamy dishes. It's ready to enjoy, but should continue to gain in smoky-complexity over the next 2-4 years. Tasted May 2022.