Los Bermejos 2018 Espumoso Rosa 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
Varieties: 100% Listan Negro
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 are gently pressed in a pneumatic press, which gives the wine a gentle salmon hue. The wine is aged 15 months sur lie and, made using Méthode Champenoise, or traditonal method. The prise de mousse (the creating of the second fermentation) is made using fresh Malvasia must rather than sugar.
Dosage: 0 g/L
Tasting Notes: This small-production sparkler is dry, minerally and ever so crisp! The scrubbing but elegant mousse has flavors of underripe red berries, blood orange rind and a long smoke-tinged finish, bone dry.