Envinate Palo Blanco 2021
Canary Islands, Spain
The Palo Blanco Valle de la Orotava 2021 is sourced from a tiny, steeply pitched 1.5ha vineyard of centenarian cordon trenzado (braided vines) Listan Blanco at 600m elevation. Grapes are hand-harvested, pressed full cluster into a large concrete tank and fermented without malolactic occurring, then raised in two Friulian 2500L oval foudres for 10 months. Bottling is without fining or filtration.
- 100% Lístan Blanco
- From four parcels of 100+ year-old vines near Los Realejos, all north-facing and trained in the traditional cordón trenzado at 500-850m above sea level. The only treatments in the vineyard are sulfur, bentonite, and silica.
- The grapes were destemmed and pressed then fermented spontaneously in concrete without temperature control.
- The wine was racked into one 2500L foudre and 350L barrels to rest and undergo malolactic fermentation
- Bottled without fining, filtering, and only a small addition of sulfur.
Tasting note for the 2020 for comparison:
98 points the Wine Advocate
I was blown away by a magnum of the white 2020 Palo Blanco I drank a few days before I tasted it again with its creators. Palo Blanco is the name of a zone in the village of Los Realejos in Tenerife, one of the finest locations for Listán Blanco (Palomino). In 2020 they used the grapes from five plots (they started with only one and 6,600 bottles in 2016), which means they have been able to increase volumes and, thankfully, also quality! The new plot is at 850 meters, so the grapes bring more freshness. These are always the last grapes they pick in Tenerife, even in an early harvest like 2020. The destemmed grapes were pressed and the juice let to settle for 12 to 24 hours and then fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete without temperature control. Sixty-five percent of the wine matured in 2,500-liter oak foudres and the rest in neutral 350-liter barrels with lees. There is a smoky and spicy, flinty touch and a vibrant palate with a spark of acidity that makes the wine very long and tasty. This now plays in the major league. 2020 saw the earliest harvest ever for this wine. 11,000 bottles and 200 magnums were filled in December 2021.