NEW! Envinate 'Palo Blanco', Valle de la Orotava, Tenerife, Spain 2016

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NEW! Envinate 'Palo Blanco', Valle de la Orotava, Tenerife, Spain 2016

32.50

I will concede that most people, when they pick up a glass of wine, want a nice drink. That's great and is probably the right thing to hope for and expect in most circumstances. However, there are times when you want a bit more than that. When you don't want cheddar, but something with a bit more edge, that has more of an identity and sense of place. We're in that territory here with a wine made from 100 year-old Listan Blanco vines that transmit the character of the soil and the weather and the maritime climate as eloquently as the ink of a good travel writer. The wine is mineral, zesty, saline and chiselled. It's on the edge. It's made to be enjoyed, but it's not going to change its personality to please you. Love it for what it is. 
 

Press review:

The Wine Advocate: "Their first white from the Valle de la Orotava is the 2016 Palo Blanco. It is from the village of Los Realejos that somehow specializes in Listán Blanco grapes, especially in the Palo Blanco quarter that names the wine, as it is a place that produces characterful Listán Blanco wines. The 1.5 hectares of centenary vines are trained in the unusual "cordón trenzado" method of La Orotava and located at 600 metres altitude on black sand and basalt soils. The full clusters were pressed and the juice let to settle overnight to be fermented in raw 6,300-litre concrete tanks with indigenous yeasts and without temperature control. It didn't go through malolactic fermentation but matured in two 2,500-litre oval oak foudres for ten months. This has a superb mineral palate, with pungent, saline flavors; it's sharp as a knife, with depth and a salty aftertaste. The nose is a little reticent, perhaps because it was bottled a couple of weeks before I tasted it, and the nose is going to change. 6,600 bottles were filled in October 2017." 94 points

Jamie Goode: "Very fresh, delicate and fine with tangy lemony fruit and notes of pith and minerals. Such a lovely fine citrussy core with lovely focus. A bit salty, too." 95 points

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