Benje Blanco 2018
A Wine That
comes from a vineyard that sits at such high elevation (1000m) that it’s above the clouds. The wine itself is above the clouds too, at least we think so. Heavenly subtle wasabi characters with almond peel, rock salt and a mineral lick, this also has a touch of “flor” (surface yeast) which gives it some hazelnut, wildflower honey and oyster-shell aromas. If you love white Burgundy and love sherry, you’ll adore this.
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- Winemaker: Envínate
Where and How?
From Listán Blanco (Palomino) vines planted at 1000m elevation on volcanic soils, the grapes get some added sun exposure and golden tones.
The wine fermented naturally and was aged in concrete and old oak barrels, with a flor (a surface yeast) developing naturally on top of some of the vats. Bottled unfined, unfiltered and with just a touch of sulphur.
Going to school and university is about a lot more than education; they give birth to friendships and business ideas. In the case of Envínate, it was at the University of Miguel Hernández in Alicante that Laura Ramos, Jose Martínez, Roberto Santana and Alfonso Torrente met while studying oenology. This quartet of bright minds did not have family-owned wineries behind them, but they did have a joint love for organic viticulture and low intervention winemaking.
In the Beaujolais region, there is a group of winemakers nicknamed the Gang of Four who revived organic viticulture and quality winemaking in the region in the 80s. Well, this is the Spanish Gang of Four. Thanks to them and to Suertes del Marqués, they have put Tenerife – a island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, just across from Morocco – on the map of fine wine.
Tenerife is often overlooked when it comes to its enormous wealth of genetic vine history. The island managed to altogether avoid phylloxera – the root-eating killer louse that almost wiped out Europe’s vineyards in the 19th century. This means that not only is it home to varieties such as the curious Listán Prieto (País), it is also home to hugely diverse and original vine material, whereas mainland Spain is home to a lot of modern clones. The Listán Blanco in Taganana, for example, is completely different to the vines found in the Benje parcel and in the Valle de la Orotava – home to the Palo Blanco vines. In Taganana, there is also the curious and extremely rare pink mutation of Palomino, named Listán Gacho or Listán Rosada.