Dolores Cabrera Fernandez - BLANCO "La Araucaria" Valle de La Orotava Tenerife 2022 750ml (12% abv)
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Dolores studied viticulture at the Escuela Capacitación Agraria in Tacoronte (East of La Orotava) and worked at Bodegas Monje as the head viticulturist for 10 years. In 2014 she decided to make her own wines, naming her project “La Araucaria” for a type of evergreen tree found in the Canary Islands, and specifically for the very large tree just outside her cellar that is depicted on her labels. Her husband Pedro helps out in the cellar, and a team of women (she believes women are more deft at picking grapes) help her with the harvest.
funky, one a kind wines from this talented winemaker in Tenerife - including this complex orange. volcanic minerality, smoke, herbs, subtle tannins, bracing acidity.
from a single parcel of very old vines (100+ years of age) and at 450-500m elevation
2000 bottles made (166 cases)
parcel: Hacienda Perdida - planted on Mount Teide’s northern slopes in the unique cordón trenzado (“braided cord”) method.
region: Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
varietal: Listan Blanco
style: skin contact / orange wine
farming/cellar: practicing organic, hand-harvested, destemmed and skin-macerated for 8 days, fermented in steel vat and rested on fine lees for 7 months, bottling in the spring using natural (vegetal protein) clarification and a light filtration and 40 ppm’s of SO2 in total.