Bodegas Vinatigo Gual DOP Islas Canarias Tenerife 2020
  • Gual
  • Vegan-Friendly, Volcanic
  • Dry
  • Residual Sugar: 4 g/l
  • Medium Bodied
  • 750ml
  • 13.5% alc./vol

Bodegas Vinatigo Gual DOP Islas Canarias Tenerife 2020

Canary Islands, Spain
Regular price $36.95per bottle ($395.40per case)
12 bottles per case
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Creamy & Mineral

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Juan Jesús, who is a 4th generation winemaker, founded Viñátigo in 1990 and has worked tirelessly since then identifying, recuperating the native grapes of the Canary Islands.

Brought to the Canary Islands by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Juan Jesús found the grape Gual in the island of El Hierro in the late 90's. It was, together with the grape Marmajuelo, the first almost extinct variety tha Viñátigo recuperated. It was brought from the island of Madeira, where it is known as Boal. In Tenerife, the grape finds the perfect environment to ripen, and is made as a dry wine.

Viñátigo's Gual is fermented 50% in stainless steel tanks and 50% in concrete eggs. It is incredibly aromatic: with layers of smokiness, floral notes such as jasmine; and tropical fruits like pineapples. On the palate, it has a creamy texture, with an amazing balanced acidity. 

Pair this rich and mineral white with white meats and rich fish dishes.

About the Winery

Viñátigo

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).

Press Reviews

Decanter

91 points

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.

Wine Align

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.