Alcohol Grade: 12.5%
Aging/ Vinification: Made 100% with the Listán Blanco grape variety from different areas of the island of Tenerife. This wine is produced by fermenting the different Listán Blanco grapes separately. 20% of the cuvée is fermented and aged in concrete, and 8% is fermented in concrete with the skins for 25 days to provide greater aromatic complexity. The rest of the must is fermented in barrels and is subsequently aged for 11 months in 500-litre barrels.
Minimal sulfur was added at bottling.
Best to have it: 5-10ºC
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.