Envinate - 2019 Benje Blanco
This is exciting stuff.
Envínate (meaning 'wine yourself') is the brainchild of four friends who met while studying enology at the University of Miguel Hernández in Alicante. Their work is currently focused in exploring the ancient, Atlantic-infused terroirs of Extremadura, Ribeira Sacra, and the Canary Islands. To allow each parcel to fully express itself, no chemicals are used in any of the Envínate vineyards, all parcels are picked by hand, the grapes are foot-trodden, and the wines are fermented exclusively with wild yeasts.
Benje Blanco is produced mainly from old Pie Franco Listan Blanco bush vines grown in multiple parcels at over a 1000m above sea level around the town of Santiago de Teide – including a large portion from the Las Arenas area where vineyards were planted directly into the rubble of the last explosion of Pico Veijo in 1909. Fruit was wild fermented and matured on lees for 8 months in concrete tanks and neutral French oak barrels. It's a high-toned white wine exhibiting its volcanic granduer with vehemence and honesty. Smoky layers encircle a core of stone fruits, green apples and dried apricots, buttressed by Atlantic-infused high-elevation acidity and salinity. 25% skin maceration adds extra oomph. What a delight from this fascinating region.
Variety Listán Blanca || Region Canary Islands, Spain || ABV 10.5% || Vol 750ml