Los Bermejos 2017 Espumoso Brut Nature, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain - DECANTsf

Los Bermejos 2017 Espumoso Brut Nature, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

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Los Bermejos 2017 Espumoso Brut Nature, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

The Canary Islands are a string of volcanic islands which belong to Spain, but are only 125km of the coast of Northern Africa. While temperatures can occasionally be high here, the fierce winds helps to keep vines cool during the growing season. Owned and run by winemaker Ignacio Valdera, Bermejos is on the easternmost island of Lanzarote; conditions here are extreme. All vineyard work is done meticulously by hand.

Winemakers: Ignacio Valdera

Farming: Sustainable

Varieties: 100% sparkling Malvasía Volcanica. Malvasía Volcanica is a crossing of Malvasía Aromatica (originally from Italy) & Marmajuelo, which is indigenous to the Islands.

Terroir:  A volcanic explosion that lasted from 1730-1736 covered the entire island in lava and ash 3-5 meters deep. Consequently, each vine must be planted in a hole or hoyo that breaks through that infertile volcanic crust of petrified lava to the organic matter that can nourish it. The wind, which acts as a natural fungicide, is so ferocious that each hoyo is surrounded by rock walls for protection. The flora on Lanzarote – including the vines – cannot grow up very high; there are not enough nutrients in the soil to support sprawling greenery. Yields are miniscule (16 hL/ha) and each berry is concentrated with flavor.

Vinification: Grapes from a single vintage, made using méthode Champenoise and aged at least 18 months sur lie. The prise de mousse used to start the second fermentation is made with Malvasía must rather than sugar. Zero dosage.

Dosage: 0 g/L

Tasting Notes: Bone dry, smoky, and with an intensely long finish, this is a unique sparkler with aromas of earth, dried flowers and bruised orchard fruits.  


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