Borja Perez, a rising star in the Canary Islands’ viticultural scene, loves the land of his native Tenerife. His primary project, Ignios Orígenes, was born in 2011 when Borja was presented the opportunity to buy Baboso Negro and Marmajuelo Blanco vines from La Vizcondesa, a one-hectare vineyard that is now his jewel. With a deep-seated respect for the indigenous varieties of the Canaries, Borja seized the opportunity, and in 2012 he added Listán Negro and Vijariego Negro vines to the project.
The production here is growing but still very small, at less than 1000 cases total. The vineyards are farmed organically, the winery is gravity-fed and SO2 levels are kept to the absolute minimum.
This one is from a 22-year-old north-facing vineyard with clay and loam soils at 450m altitude. After careful selection in the field and cellar, the fruit is gently destemmed and crushed; fermentation is spontaneous, in a concrete tank for 18 days. Once pressed, it goes to a 600L French oak barrel for malolactic fermentation and 12 months’ aging. Bottled unfiltered.
This wine is wild, complex, and provoking. If you're not familiar with his wines or the terroir of the Canary Islands this is definitely worth trying!
Complex, beautifully herbal, spicy yet sour, musky, and smokey. Oh and so mineral driven i.e. that volcanic soil.