2020 Atlante Blanco Valle de la Orotava, Tenerife, Canary Island, Spain
ABOUT THIS WINE
Atlante’s white wine comes from a parcel called Los Topes in the western part of the Valle de la Orotava at 600 meters altitude. Here, Listán Blanco and Albillo Criollo are planted in roughly equal proportions in soils of volcanic sand mixed with small amounts of clay and basalt. The vineyard’s relatively cool and cloudy microclimate results in a long vegetative cycle, with harvest taking place typically in mid-October, and wines from this plot subsequently show phenomenal acidity and drive. The two varieties are co-fermented without added yeasts and without temperature control, and the wine spends 12 months on its fine lees in used 600-liter French-oak barrels before bottling. Offering a tension-packed combination of salty acidity and citrus-tinged viscosity, this exuberant wine gives fennel, quince, and fresh mountain herbs, with a long and tunneling finish which promises some years of positive evolution.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
Atlante is clearly influenced by the ocean and the volcanic soil. This is due to its geographical origin. The traditional vine training method, "cordón trenzado" is the gift we received from our ancestors. We produce the wine as it has always been done in this area of the Orotava Valley, in the same old concrete tank and press that our grandparents left us, but with a better understanding of the process and with a very clear idea of the wines we want to make. Authentic wines without artifice,… just assisting the natural process with local grape varieties and native yeasts. Our passion and curiosity of the world of wines led us to create Atlante, a project born out of respect to our land; a project commited to offering quality wines, carefully elaborated, and served with love.