Envinate Benje, Tenerife, Spain 2016

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Envinate Taganan Benje.jpg

Envinate Benje, Tenerife, Spain 2016

24.00

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-2019


Press reviews:

Jancis Robinson: "Mainly Listán Negro and Listán Prieto. 70- to 120-year-old vines planted on volcanic soils at 1000 m elevation. Hand-harvested grapes are whole-bunch pressed and undergo a cold maceration prior to fermentation. Ambient-yeast fermentation and ageing in French oak barriques for eight months. No clarification or filtration before bottling. Envínate is a joint venture of four young and passionate oenologists producing wines in different areas within Spain. Tasted blind. Very delicate wine, it is tender and soft. It is salty, a little extracted, expressive. The palate is herbal, with mineral expression and hidden fruit. It might be the least-extracted wine of Tenerife but it is so harmonious and authentic. I am unsure of the ageing capacity but if it has an adequate evolution it will become a great bottle." 17 points

The Wine Advocate: "In addition to the white, I also tasted the red 2016 Benje, which is in its second vintage and has increased in volume and number of growers. It also now has grapes from more subzones within Santiago del Teide, a zone with less Portuguese influence than Taganana and La Orotava, with head-pruned vines like those in Spain. The old vines are mixed with different varieties and planted on sandy soils, some covered in lapilli volcanic ash from the last eruption of the Chinyero volcano in Tenerife in 1906. It fermented destemmed in concrete vats and open plastic bins with indigenous yeasts and matured in used, neutral 228-liter oak barrels for eight months. It really reminds me of the best examples of País from Chile, with the added ashy character of the wines from the Canaries, slowly developing some floral tones and hints of violets, with nuances and complexity. There are more diverse soils in 2016, and the wine has gained in depth and nuances, with a very polished palate and with less rusticity than the examples from Chile. 10,000 bottles were filled in June 2017. In 2016, they moved to their new winery within the Ycoden-Daute-Isora appellation, and now this wine is sold with that appellation." 92+ points

Jamie Goode: "From 1000 m. 12% alcohol. Mission/Pais planted by the Spanish, which is high acid, low alcohol and low colour. Very fresh, sappy and elegant with red cherries, minerals and spice. So delicate with real presence. Grippy, high acid finish. Lovely." 95 points

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