Envinate 'Benje' Red, Tenerife, Spain 2017

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Envinate 'Benje' Red, Tenerife, Spain 2017

24.50

Only a few bottles of this graceful beauty have made it to the UK and we put our hands up for as much as we could have. As much as we could have turned out to be 48 bottles, so it's not going to stretch very far, but this is one of the finest reds we have tasted from Tenerife (and, no, that's not like saying he was the best-looking guy in the burns unit). It's incredibly fine, with a real sense of the rocky, volcanic, Atlantic soil, but not in such a way that it smothers the fruit, which is bright and succulent. It's a blend of 98% Listan Prieto and 2% Tintilla from 70 to 120 year-old vines sitting at 1,100 metres altitude on the cliffs of northwestern Tenerife and it has a wonderful freshness and purity and, despite being light-bodied, a fascinating scope of flavours both fruity and mineral. It should appeal to anyone who loves Loire reds, cool climate Pinot Noir, Etna Rosso... that kind of thing. Pale and haunting and very evocative. 12.5% alc. Drink now-2023.


Press review:

The Wine Advocate: “The red varietal Listán Prieto (a.k.a. País, Criolla Chica or Mission) is the 2017 Benje Tinto, which now has a small percentage of co-fermented Listán Negro and Listán Blanco, what they call Vidueño locally. Some 10% of the whole volume they produced was used to fill the 20,000 bottles they produced in this lower-yielding vintage, as they have grown tremendously in this southern zone of the Tenerife Island. They might grow a bit in the future, as they keep growing the surface of vines they control in the region. This is the Listán Prieto that most resembles the character of the País bottlings they do in Chile. It's a wild and characterful, light and perfumed red, with certain rusticity but without any harsh tannins of some of the Chilean wines; it's more elegant and finer, perhaps because they do a soft vinification. A bargain for the quality it delivers. A wine of pleasure.” 93 points

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