Estate: Located on the easternmost Canary Island of Lanzarote, Los Bermejos is headed by pioneering winemaker Ignacio Valdera. Between the extreme climate and lava and ash soil that runs 3-5 meters deep, winemaking is incredibly labor intensive, with minimal amounts of wine produced. However, the pre-phylloxera vines produce incredibly pure, expressive wines.
Winemaking: The estate practices organic and sustainable viticulture. Each vine is planted in a hole that is dug deep enough to reach the soil rich in nutrients that lies below the infertile volcanic crust. Very Sci-Fi looking, like a vineyard on Mars, check out pics of these amazing vines at the Los Bermejos site here.
Winemaking: Fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts, aged for 3 months on the lees.
Tasting Notes: Light gold in colour with aromas of pear, baked yellow apple, grapefruit, white flowers, straw and smoky sea salt. A bitter vein runs thru pear, pink grapefruit, lime and vegetal elements, glazed by citrus acidity. A play between tarry and saline minerality shimmers on the crisp finish.
Produced and Bottled by Bodegas Los Bermejos
$23 [average price]