Borja Perez Viticultor

Borja Perez is a star of the Canary Island wine scene and one of the pioneers who has managed to grab the attention of wine enthusiasts the world over. Over the past few years, Tenerife and its surrounding islands have become a veritable hotspot for innovative, small scale wine production; a far cry from the homogenous internationally styled wines of much of southern Spain. Even five years ago, Tenerife would have been a mere footnote in the context of Spanish wine but since taking over the family business in 2011, Borja Perez, with the likes of Envinate, Suertes del Marques and Bodegas Matias i Torres in La Palma, has enhanced the reputation and expanded the reach of Canary Island wines by proudly refocusing on the indigenous varieties that grow on the island. Located in the richly biodiverse DO appellation Ycoden Daute Isora in the island’s north west, the volcanic, maritime vineyards here range from low coastal elevations to about 800m, with the most extreme sites climbing as high as 1,400m. The island’s climate is moderated by the Atlantic of course, which brings with it cool winds that temper the heat and add moisture; either a help or a hindrance depending on the vintage. For Borja, his desire to capture the different expressions of Tenerifan wine and eschew international “blending” varieties has seen the quality, volume and scope of his projects increase steadily over the past few years and, in fact, our partnership marks his first exports to our own fair isle.

The Artifice project is the mainstay of Borja’s production and combines fruit from his own vineyards with purchased fruit from family friends and other local sources. At present, the range comprises a deliciously salty, spicy single varietal Listan Blanco, an aromatic, mineral Listan Negro and a complex white blend called Viduenos, made up of Albillo, Gual (Boal), Marmajuelo and Listan Blanco from across the appellation. As of the 2016 vintage, there are two ‘parajes’ wines too. This translates roughly as ‘landscape’, or ‘village wines’ in the Burgundian sense. They are Llanito Perera Blanco; a pure Listan Blanco, and Tierra del Trigo Tinto; a pure Listan Negro. Just 1,300 bottles of each are produced. They are more intense, deeply mineral, austere expressions of their respective grape varieties versus the standard bottlings and are naturally short in supply. As we look to the future though, Borja has been planting new vineyards to increase production and diversity. So far he has planted 1.20 hectares with a plethora of local grape varieties. Interestingly, most can be planted their own rootstocks as phylloxera never made it out to the islands. Winemaking is minimal intervention, preferring larger aging vessels to minimise the influence of wood flavours, including concrete tanks, 500L barrels and large oak fuders. The wines mature for an average of a year to eighteen months before bottling, depending on the wine. Sulphur levels are kept to a minimum. Justerini & Brooks is delighted to be representing the Borja Perez Viticultor stable exclusively in the UK as of June 2019.
Appellation:
Colour Range:
White, Red
Number of Wines:
10 wines
Price Range:
£25.00 - £175.00
Borja Perez Viticultor

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