The Canary Islands are a magical and unique place whose wines will captivate anyone brave enough to step out of their routine and drink something other than the same old Pinot Grigio or Cabernet Sauvignon. These wind swept volcanic islands produce wines with an array of indigenous varietals from low coastal vineyards to extremely high elevation plots, each displaying their own character.
Borja Perez grew up in a family that made wines for generations, however those wines weren’t exactly expressive of terroir, and were more amateur, commercial offerings, made for domestic consumption and big markets. When he took the plunge in 2011 and created his own label, Ignios, Borja embarked on a serious venture, learning and working the terroir of his native Tenerife with extreme focus and craft.
He started with the 2 hectares of his family, mainly planted with Baboso and Listán Negro. Demand soared, and in 2014 he introduced a new line, Artifice, from purchased grapes. Today he owns 7 hectares of vineyards planted with Albillo, Vijariego Negro, and Marmajuelo, as well as the original plantings of Baboso and Listán Negro. He also works another 4 hectares of vineyards from 6 different growers.
Unlike 2017, with its extreme temperatures and drought, 2018 was a balanced year, with cooler temperatures, specially in Northern Tenerife, and the conditions to make fresher wines were ideal. You see it here in the Artifices, which are brighter, less tense, and simply more easy to drink than the previous vintage.
Borja Perez’s winemaking is definitely low intervention and as a result his wines can come off a bit natural. If they are a bit reductive on the nose we suggest letting the wine breathe or decant it for fifteen to twenty minutes.
Borja Perez Artifice Listan Blanco 2018
Shelf Price $28.99
Sale Price $24.97
100% Listán Blanco from multiple parcels, all from the northern part of the DO. It ferments in barrels where it stays for eleven months before being bottled. A medium- bodied white wine that looks orange. Beautiful length due to lees contact. Notes of white peach, apricot and slight baking spices. Medium tannins add to it’s character. This is a wine that demands to be contemplated at every sip, not just consumed.
Borja Perez Artifice Tinto 2018
Shelf Price $28.99
100% Listán Negro sourced from different parcels in Ycoden Daute Isora. Each parcel is vinified separately in steel and concrete tanks and blended into Frech Foudres and very old french barriques. It rests 8 months in vitro before release. If burgundy was crafted from grapes grown on volcanic soil you would get this wine. Elegant and gentle with character to spare and soft tannins. Traditional palates will love this!