Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
100% Baboso Blanco
The creamiest and most concentrated of the Bodegas Tamerán wines, the Baboso Blanco, also known as Bastardo Blanco, is thought to be a white mutation of Trousseau Noir. It sees extended lees contact to enhance a textured mouthfeel, with yoghurt, yellow plum and lemon notes, and a smoky, volcanic nose. This is a special wine that has immense ageing potential.
Tamerán is a new project that emerged on the island of Gran Canaria in 2019. This winery is owned by David Silva, the famous soccer player who played for Spain’s national team as well as Manchester City. Silva was born in Gran Canaria and has always had an interest in wine. He acquired an old wine estate in the center of the island, which had 6 hectares of vineyards already planted to a mix of native Canarian varieties, such as Verdello, Marmajuelo, Baboso Blanco, Vijariego Blanco, Aromatica Malvasía, Malvasía Volcánica, Vijariego Negro, etc. These vineyards are located between 620 and 700 meters of altitude on the border of the municipalities of Santa Lucía and San Bartolomé de Tirajana and are highly influenced by the volcanic rock present.
Silva chose Jonatan García from Suertes del Marqués on Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands top
producers. Jonatan works the vineyards naturally, without the use of herbicides and systemic treatments. The wines are mostly single varieties made from different sectors existing on the property, each of which with ungrafted vines. All the work in the vineyards is done painstakingly by hand, and all the wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts directly in foudres of between 15 and 25HL as well as 500-l litre barrels. The goal is to accentuate the specific character of each varietal as well as the unique terroir of the island of Gran Canaria.