Sortevera is the project of owner/winemaker Jonatan Garcia Lima of Suertes del Marques and viticuluralist Jose Angel Alonso Ramos. The vineyards lie in Taganana, to the Northeast of Tenerife. They practice organically.
The terroir is extremely rugged and vines sit precariously on steep cliffs of volcanic rock that descend right into the ocean. Many of the vines are 80-100+ years old.
Clarete is a blend of white and red that is traditional in parts of Spain. Often referred to as “rosé” due to it's pink color, it is actually a different sort of wine altogether. A wine deeper and with more weight on the palette than most whites, coupled with the aromatics and flavours of a red.
With vines growing wild and together on the cliffsides, Sortevera produce co-fermented field blends. White varieties include Marmajuelo, Gual, Forastera, Listan Blanco and Vijariego Blanco, and red grapes come from Vijariego Negro, Listan Gacho, Malvasia Rosada, Listan Negro and Negramoll.
Fruit is harvested by hand and fermented with indigenous yeast. All the wines see time in neutral 500 litre French oak barrels for 10 months. All are bottled with minimal sulphur.
One the nose the wine has a bold freshness, with delicate strawberry fruit and a hint of peppercorn.
The palette is textural with a bracing acidity, and delivers more weight that a simple rose.
There is a wild rustic quality to the wine a reflection of its origins, framed by a pleasing minerality from the volcanic soils. Serve chilled and pair with pork dishes, charcuterie, roast chicken.