located in the DO appellation Ycoden-Daute-Isora in Tenerife’s north west, the volcanic, maritime vineyards here range from low coastal elevations to around 800m on average, with the most extreme sites climbing as high as 1,400m. Proximity to the Atlantic and its constant cooling winds and natural humidity conspire to produce a very exciting, yet challenging, climate for wine production.
Alcohol Grade: 12.5%
Aging/ Vinification: fermenting the must at a controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks, long macerations and little intervention, with native yeasts of each variety. 12 months of aging in third-year French oak barrels complete its refinement.
Minimal sulfur was added at bottling.
Best to have it: 12-16ºC
Size: 750 ml
The Winery: Borja Perez Viticultor
This former race car mechanic is a rising star in the Canary Island wine scene. Inheriting the family wine business, Borja decided to take the seaside winery in a bold new direction.
Refocusing on local varieties like Listan Blanco, Listan Negro, Marmajuelo, and Baboso Negro, Borja restored old ungrafted vines back to full health, setting up new plots in the process. Reviving the grapes, farming them organically and working them with skill in the cellar, Borja developed a reputation as one of the best viticulturists in the Canary Islands.
The volcanic, maritime vineyards are in the rich and biodiverse DO appellation Ycoden-Daute-Isora in Tenerife’s north west. The vineyards here range from low coastal elevations to around 800m on average, with the most extreme sites climbing as high as 1,400m! The vines’ proximity to the cooling winds of the Atlantic and its natural humidity produce an amazing yet challenging climate for wine production.
In the cellar, Borja takes a low-intervention approach, with nothing added to the wines except for a touch of sulphur at bottling. He tends to favour little bit of skin contact on his whites, in order to balance the intense salinity and add more texture.
For spicy, energetic wines with a deep sense of minerality and authenticity to the Canary Island terroir, Borja Perez’ wines are what you’re looking for.