€27 from 64wine, Glasthule; Clontarf Wines; Baggot Street Wines; Blackrock Cellars; Michael’s, Deerpark; Redmonds, Ranelagh; Black Pig, Donnybrook.
A truly fascinating wine with lifted floral and forest fruit aromas, cool dark fruits and dark chocolate on the palate, a refreshing acidity with a mineral core. The overall impression on the palate is light, fruity and savoury all at the same time. Gorgeous wine.
Do you go head off to the Canaries for a blast of sun? If you do, then on your next visit, I suggest you check out their wines the next time. I was bowled over by some at a tasting last year. This wine, from Tenerife, is made by a modern, family-owned estate from the unknown (outside of the Canaries) Listán Negro grape variety. The vines are 80-100 years old and grown on dark volcanic soils. It is fermented in concrete tanks and large old oak casks to allow the fruit to show through. I featured this wine in the Irish Times last year. Recently I cracked open a second bottle and was still blown away.