Monday, 16 November 2015 07:40

Gran Canaria Wine: The Superb Caldera White

The superb Caldera white wine made in Gran Canaria The superb Caldera white wine made in Gran Canaria

An excellent dry white from the Monte area of Gran Canaria that is packed with tropical flavour.

The Caldera blanco seco (dry white) features the richness and tropical flavours of the Canarian albillo grape, but also has a great freshness and acidity that comes from the forastera blanca grapes (an autochtonous La Gomera variety) and verdello grapes in the mix.

The vineyard and winery are in the historical Bandama wine area just south of Las Palmas city in northeast Gran Canaria. but Caldera blanco seco is a DO Islas Canarias wine meaning that it can contain grapes from any of the Canary Islands. The Hoyos de Bandama winery that makes Caldera wines was one of the first to use the DO. We'd guess that the forastera blanca must be imported because it isn't widely grown in Gran Canaria.

On the nose, this wine smells of tropical fruit with a hint of honey and minerals. There's all sorts in there, so look out for passion fruit, lychee and pineapple notes. In the mouth, it's smooth and rich with great acidity and fantastic fruity flavours. The intense finish has a hint of vanilla and spice. 

One sale at the Santa Brigida market wine stall, in the El Corte Inglés Gourmet Club and in wine shops. Expect to pay at least 13 euros per bottle but don't worry, it's worth every cent. 


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