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Bodega Tajinaste Tajinaste Blanco Secco 2016
Bodega Tajinaste was established in 1977, commercializing the Garćia Farráis family vineyards in the Orotava Valley on Tenerife, part of the Canary Islands.
Some of the family’s oldest stocks of Listán negro and Listán blanco vines were planted in 1914, using a unique horizontal vine training system known as multiple braided cordon (cordón múltiple trenzado). Newer vineyards use the more common single- and double-Cordon (Royat) trellising systems.
Working with indigenous varieties, the modern winery respects family and regional traditions, as well the unique geography - high-altitude vineyards - and volcanic soil of Tenerife, to create wines of great character and individuality. The Enologist is Agustin G. Farráis.
About the Canary Islands: A region of Spain that is geographically and geologically part of Africa. In addition to having a sub-tropical climate, perhaps the Islands’ most unique feature is the volcanic soil, and the ways in which viticulture has adapted to both. Proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, mountains (some active and extinct volcanoes), and prevailing winds have created a wide variety of different microclimates, which translates into a diversity of wines. Approximately 80 varieties of grapes have been planted, with at least three varieties that are native to the Islands, and many vines are on original stock since the vines were never affected by phylloxera.
This is dry white wine is made of 90% Listán blanco (pronounced lee-STAN blahn-ko) grown on hillside vineyards at a height of 500 metres above sea level, and 10% Albillo criollo (pronounced al-bee-yo cree-oh-yo). Approximately 20% of the wine completes fermentation and aging for two months in new oak barrels, while the rest of the wine is fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks.
Listán blanco, the most-planted white variety of the Canaries, was introduced to the Canaries in the late 15th century and is the same grape as Palomino Fino, the variety of choice for sherry production. In the right conditions (e.g. the Canarias) it offers aromas and flavours reminiscent of peaches, citrus, almonds, and fresh-cut herbs, with mineral notes. Albillo criollo is a unique version of the highly-aromatic Albillo Real, found only on the Canarias. Used mainly for blending, it contributes acidity, texture (glycerin), and tropical aromas.
Our Tasting Note: Bright, straw yellow in colour with green tinges. Highly aromatic and reminiscent of warm apples, red grapefruit, pineapple, apricots with fennel and mineral notes. Crisp acidity, and a dry, smooth, long, clean finish.
Pairing ideas: It is an excellent wine for a glass or two, on its own, but it pairs well with seafood dishes, sushi, white meats (grilled chicken), vegetarian dishes, and medium-aged as well as soft cheeses.
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