2019 Benje, Tinto, Envínate, Tenerife, Spain

2019 Benje, Tinto, Envínate, Tenerife, Spain

Product: 20198059194
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2019 Benje, Tinto, Envínate, Tenerife, Spain

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The red 2019 Benje was produced mainly with Listán Prieto with some Listán Blanco (4%) and Tintilla (2%) from different old vineyards in Santiago del Teide in the south of Tenerife at altitudes ranging between 900 and 1,000 meters, where sandy soils are covered by volcanic ash from the eruption of the Chinyero Vulcano in 1909. 

2019 was extremely dry, and they had to reduce yields to avoid blocking the vines, so they only got 50% of the usual crop. The wine was fermented by a plot with indigenous yeasts and spontaneous malolactic and matured with fine lees in well-seasoned and neutral 228-litre oak barrels for eight months. 

They didn’t use any added sulfur during the vinification or upbringing. It’s light to medium-bodied with 12% alcohol. It’s a textbook example: precise, expressive and characterful with the fruit, the peppercorn, the gunpowder and very tasty flavours with fine-grained tannins. 

15,000 bottles and 150 magnums were produced. It was bottled in July 2020.

Drink 2022 - 2026

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (February 2022)

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Wine Advocate94/100

The red 2019 Benje was produced mainly with Listán Prieto with some Listán Blanco (4%) and Tintilla (2%) from different old vineyards in Santiago del Teide in the south of Tenerife at altitudes ranging between 900 and 1,000 meters, where sandy soils are covered by volcanic ash from the eruption of the Chinyero Vulcano in 1909. 

2019 was extremely dry, and they had to reduce yields to avoid blocking the vines, so they only got 50% of the usual crop. The wine was fermented by a plot with indigenous yeasts and spontaneous malolactic and matured with fine lees in well-seasoned and neutral 228-litre oak barrels for eight months. 

They didn’t use any added sulfur during the vinification or upbringing. It’s light to medium-bodied with 12% alcohol. It’s a textbook example: precise, expressive and characterful with the fruit, the peppercorn, the gunpowder and very tasty flavours with fine-grained tannins. 

15,000 bottles and 150 magnums were produced. It was bottled in July 2020.

Drink 2022 - 2026

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (February 2022)

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James Suckling91/100

Lots of dark berry, walnut and stone characters to this. Earthy and lightly funky. Black pepper, too. It’s medium-to-full-bodied with medium, round tannins and a flavorful finish. Plenty of complex characters to this. Solid and agile. 

Drinkable now, but it will be better in a year or two.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (October 2021)

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About this WINE

Envínate

Envínate

Envínate, a name that translates to "wine yourself" in Spanish, perfectly encapsulates the philosophy of this producer. With a profound commitment to minimal intervention winemaking, the producer allows the grapes and terroir to express themselves naturally.

The winery was founded in 2005 by four friends: Roberto Santana, Alfonso Torrente, Laura Ramos, and José Ángel Martínez. They share a passion for crafting wines that showcase the unique characteristics of each vineyard they work with.

Envínate is known for seeking out old, low-yielding vineyards in various regions across Spain, such as the Canary Islands, Ribeira Sacra, Ribeiro, and Almansa. These vineyards often have vines that are several decades or even centuries old. They aim to produce authentic and expressive wines that capture the essence of the land and climate they are grown by focusing on indigenous grape varieties and traditional winemaking techniques.

Their winemaking approach emphasizes minimal intervention in both the vineyard and the cellar. They practice organic and biodynamic farming, working closely with local grape growers to ensure sustainable and respectful practices. In the cellar, they use wild yeast fermentation, low levels of sulfur, and avoid heavy filtration or clarification to preserve the wines’ natural characteristics.

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Spain

Spain

For so long, Spain was regarded as a source of inexpensive red wine with only Rioja standing above the parapet. Now there is a plethora of interesting wines in many different styles.

Exciting fresh whites, especially from the Albariño in the Rías Baixas and Verdejo in Rueda, – not forgetting Viura in Rioja - have extended the choice. There have also been interesting developments in that most classical of all wine regions, Jerez - the home of sherry - not so much in modernisation of production, but in developing small-scale bottlings of the highest quality Sherry at remarkably affordable prices.

Modern techniques and a new appreciation of what might be possible have encouraged pioneers to produce some startlingly attractive reds. There are now some thoroughly competent wines from La Mancha, and striking bottlings of Monastrell (known elsewhere as Mataró or Mourvèdre) in Jumilla.

Thankfully, the modernisation of the pedestrian has not held back successful traditional styles of wine. Alongside such modernists as Palacios Remondo and Allende in Rioja, long established houses like La Rioja Alta and CVNE continue to make graceful, old-style wines contingent upon several years’ barrel-ageing before further maturation in bottle. These Reserva and Gran Reserva wines have the gentle fragrance of well-seasoned fruit in partnership with a dash of vanilla oak. There are also subtle differences between regions of Rioja and in the precise makeup of the grape mix, with Garnacha and Mazuelo supporting the dominant Tempranillo.

The only challenger to Rioja's claim to red wine supremacy is the Ribera del Duero, where the same red grape, Tempranillo, defines the wines, though known here as Tinto Fino. Most magisterial of all producers is Vega Sicilia whose Unico wines are not released onto the market before a minimum of 10 years - including at least seven years of barrel ageing.

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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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