Benje Tinto 2018
A Wine That
Is a rare jewel of a wine. It comes from a grape variety that is shrouded in mystery: Listán Prieto, also known as País in South America and Mission in the US. There is extremely little left of the variety in Spain and the Canary Islands, but it has become famous elsewhere in the world under its synonyms as it was brought across the Atlantic Ocean hundreds of years ago. It’s juicy and floral, with notes of roses, peonies, white pepper and fennel, with a beautiful pale shimmering ruby colour.
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- Winemaker: Envínate
Where and How?
From the southern part of Tenerife, this is old-vine Listán Prieto (aka País/Mission) planted on volcanic soils at high elevation.
Fermented naturally in concrete and aged in old French oak barrels. 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.