Despite falling outside of the ideal latitudes for grape growing (between 30 and 50 dgs), the steep volcanic hillsides of Pico del Teide and the surrounding maritime influence of the Atlantic Ocean provide enough of a cooling factor to achieve well balanced grapes on Tenerife. The Benje from Envinate is 95% Listan Prieto, 5% Tintilla. It is an opulent and expressive style with lots of red + black fruits as well as lilac and pepper. The lighter alcohol and linear-driven finish makes it a better option for those who want a dryer wine style. It will pair best with risotto or lamb.
Producer Information: Envinate
Envinate are four friends who met while studying winemaking.
Based in separate parts of Spain they have common ideals - use traditional methods to let each parcel express itself.
Lousas by Alfonso Torrente in Ribeira Sacra champions the local Mencia grape.
Táganan by Roberto Santana in Tenerife makes the most of native grapes
T. Amarela in Extremadura and Albahra in Almansa are made by Laura Ramos and José Martínez.
Some of these wines are made in really small amounts - blink and you'll miss them.
Tenerife accounts for a good chunk of Envinate's production with Taganan, Benje and Migan wines.