LISTAN BLANCO. BODEGA TAJINASTE, Tenerife, Islas Canarias 2016
BODEGA TAJINASTE, Tenerife, Islas Canarias
Named for the beautiful flower that grows on Tenerife (which is also depicted on the labels),Tajinaste is run by the indefatigable Agustín García Farrais. He works alongside his parents, Cecila (“Chilla”) and Agustín Snr., who are both 70 years old going on 30. The bodega was started by Agustín’s grandfather. They own 3 hectares, and the oldest vines were planted in 1914. In addition, they rent 9 hectares with 25-year contracts with their neighbors and buy grapes from another 16 hectares worth of vineyards, so the total under management is 28 hectares.
Agustín is a precise winemaker. He vinifies each parcel separately, which has allowed him to get to know the character of each vineyard so well that he can masterfully blend extremely consistent and beguiling wines year after year.
A blend of 90% Listán Blanco (for flavor) and 10% Albillo Criollo (for acid). 60% is grown at 500 meters of altitude and 40% is grown at 250m altitude. Hand-harvested and carried to the winery in small boxes (15kg max) to avoid damaging the berries.
As with almost all of the wines at Tajinaste, Agustin vinifies each parcel separately. Vinification takes place in inox tanks. 20% is aged in French barrels of 2-3 uses for 2-3 months. The wine is lightly fined with bentonite and is not filtered.
"The nose is charming and easy-going, evocative of tropical fruits. The palate turns citrusy thanks to a bracing backbone of acidity. The finish is creamy and round, with a mineral edge that calls for the next sip - pronto!
Grape: 90% Listán Blanco, 10% Albillo Criollo