Varieties: 90% Listan Prieto (AKA Pais in Chile or Mission in California) 10% Tintilla (aka Maturana de Navarrete in Rioja).
Appearance: Deep, vibrant dark crimson.
Nose: Pronounced and pretty fragrance of violets, sweet cherry blossom and cherry kirsch liquor notes.
Palate: Dry & very noble, elegant, supremely balanced and fresh, with such sour red plum vibrancy, red cranberry and sappy bramble berry red fruit nuances. The wine is both linear, tart, intense and severe, and yet so deliciously attractive and seductive, willing you back constantly for another sip. Probably slightly less crunchy than the 2015, lighter weight but more fleshy and finessed in style, thoroughly ageable and certainly collectable. Drink now to 2030+ (Greg Sherwood MW).
Vinification: This is only the second release of the Benje Tinto, made from grapes assembled from 15 growers on the same terroir as the Benje Blanco, in the vineyards of Santiago del Teide. The grapes are vinified separately in concrete tanks and small open top fermenters. The wine is then aged for 8 months in neutral 228 liter barrels.
Recommended Food Pairing: Lobster, seafood stews and Cioppino.