The namesake Ca’n Verdura red is a vibrant entry into the range and a love-letter to the Mallorcan landscape.
A blend of around 70% of mantonegro with callet, monastrell, and filled out by whatever is best each year, which in the current vintage is old vine cabernet. The impression is a Mediterranean thrill ride, crushable and friendly.
The flagship Supernova white is made from his best moll (Binissalem prensal blanc), while his Supernova rosé and negre are selected from his best plots of mantonegro grapes. Mantonegro is selected from vineyards from the five villages of Binissalem, with a focus on Santa Maria in particular, which is considered to have the finest vineyards in the area. Production is necessarily very limited, as every bottle in this garage winery is sold each vintage.
Ca’n Xicatlà is a very limited production white wine (or sometimes orange, depending on the vintage) that comes from vines planted in the 1950s in Santa Eugenia, where a rare mutation of the mantonegro grape can be found; called mantonegro cabellos. This unique variation produces red, white, and pink grapes from the same plant. Equally rare is a micro-selection of very old mantonegro from a special parcel from the Santa Maria village he bottles only when the vintage demands, called Son Agulló. Both are rare unicorns for the lucky few, artistic expressions of the technicolor possibilities of the future Mallorca.
Every parcel is hand-picked and fermented separately, then blended later. Only indigenous yeasts are used, and his vineyards are worked without the use of chemical treatments. A key to practicing this type of agriculture is the Levante winds, which blow across Mallorca from northeast to southwest off the island of Minorca, cooling and aerating the vineyards, which are almost always windy.
Making Ca’n Verdura in an old garage in the center of the ancient Binissalem village, Tomeu has created a very nuanced, playful, cutting-edge project. Quick to crack a joke in the English he learned from Tony Soprano and with a pop-culture sensibility which leans towards David Bowie, Tomeu is the rebel we needed from an island where it is easy just to fit in and tune out.