Region: Canary Islands
Grape: Listan Prieto (Mission)/ Tintilla/La Zanja/Valle de Arriba/Llano Redondo
Benje Tinto is sourced from 1,000 meters elevation, old-vine, pie franco parcels of Listan Prieto (Mission) with a bit of Tintilla, named “Masca,” “La Zanja,” “Valle de Arriba,” and “Llano Redondo”, all of them located in Santiago del Teide. Each parcel is hand-harvested and vinified separately, some in concrete and some in small open tubs. Maceration is 10-30 days (depending on parcel) with daily punch-downs; malolactic fermentation is in neutral French barriques, then raised 8 months in the same barrels without battonage or added sulfur. Bottling is done without fining or filtration.
This is a pure and vertical expression of high elevation, volcanic Canary terruño with notes of red fruits, peppercorns, flowers, and volcanic soil.