Vinatigo Listan Blanco de Canarias 2021
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A sub-tropical climate, phylloxera-free old vines and the most striking and spectacular landscapes make the Canary Islands one of the “must see” regions when it comes to showcasing volcanic soils. Despite the low latitude (28 degrees, similar to Southern Morocco), wines from here are generally marked by that unmistakable volcanic energy, along with fresh, saline notes that speak clearly of the vineyards’ proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.
Juan Jesús founded Vinatigo in 1990 and truly is one of the growers who’ve committed a lot of time to understanding and re-establishing the native grapes of the “Canarias.” The wine featured this month is Vinatigo’s Listán Blanco, harvested from centenarian ungrafted vines, planted at nearly 3000 feet above sea-level. Fermentation and aging are done in stainless steel tanks, allowing the wine to showcase its fresh pallet with fruit leaning toward green white guava and herbal suggestions reminiscent of fennel-fronds. All of it with a zap of salty minerality keeping it firm and light. Definitely have this in the fridge next time you make your way to Mermaid’s Garden.