Puro Rofe is a collaboration among local, like-minded grape growers Rafael (Chicho) Mota, Ascension Robayna, and Pedro Umpiérrez. They tend vineyards surrounding Los Volcanes in La Geria, Tinajo, Masdache, and Testeyna, and all practice organic farming. Puro Rofe is based in La Geria at Chicho Mota’s small, museum-like bodega, which preserves many traditional winemaking tools on Lanzarote – lagars, basket presses, and concrete vats which are now supplemented with clay amphorae as well.
Malvasía Vulcanica and Diego are the most prized white varieties at Puro Rofe and their Vino Blanco comes from a blend of these two varieties from various sites (along with about 5% Listán Blanco), exposures and microclimates. All the vines are around 100 years old (if not older) and are rooted in the deep, black, volcanic sands that are a hallmark of the island of Lanzarote. Malvasia provides the aromatics and depth of mineral flavors while the Diego provides the freshness and acidity.
|Minimum Order:||6 bottles|
|Region:||Lanzarote, Canary Islands|
|Varietal(s):||Malvasia Vulcanica, Diego, Listan Blanco|
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The entry-level white 2019 Rofe Blanco is a blend of grapes from different parts of Lanzarote—Malvasía Volcánica, Listán Blanco and Diego (a.k.a. Vijariego Blanco). The Malvasía ripens early, so it's partly fermented in stainless steel and cooled down to wait for the Diego, which is picked approximately 25 days later! It was kept in stainless steel for eight months. It's the wine that expresses the overall character of the island with the smoky and mineral character and a terse texture, a little wider than the 2018, still pungent, with 50% malolactic and a salty, iodine-driven and tasty finish. 3,200 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2020.
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