Victoria Torres Pecis 'Negramoll' 2018
Producer: Victoria Torres Pecis
Country: Canary Islands
Region: La Palma
Notes: "Victoria is the most coveted producer (and in my humble opinion, the most talented) we carry from the Canaries with a following one can only describe as "cult-like". She makes wines from her vineyards on La Palma, the island with perhaps the most diverse terrain and 2nd highest in altitude behind Tenerife. Her 2 hectare of vines (some 130+ yrs old and Pie Franco, aka ungrafted vines) are 800 - 1200 meters high, hand harvested, fermented by native yeasts, and the reds are foot trodden and whole cluster pressed. There is no temperature control in the winery and elevage takes place in old 600L Demi muid barrels. Just under 800 cases are produced each vintage. Out of all of our Canary producers, these are perhaps the most "natural" (organic, low sulphur, unfined, unfiltered) and very much alive in the glass. Whereas Borja's 'Ignios' wines are regal, structured, and full bodied, Victoria's wines are pure, vibrant, tensile, and edgy." -Plant Wines
Victoria's Negramoll in 2018 is an "island" wine. The grapes came from different plots from various altitudes, all from pie-franco, and 'rain-fed'. All plots ferment separately, with some stems, and are then blended. The wine aged under lees for 12 months in old sherry casks.
Victoria Torres Pecis is now the sole owner and caretaker of her family’s centenarian winery in La Palma, Canary Islands. La Palma is in the northern part of the archipelago, further west into the Atlantic from the African continent. Like the other islands that form the archipelago, the soils are volcanic, the terrain rugged and uneven, and climactic conditions are extreme. Temperatures soar to volcanic heights, and the vineyards are constantly whipped by Atlantic winds.
Since her father’s death in 2015, Vicky has been working alone against the elements and the picón—the dark ashy sand that covers the soil—where most of her vines are grown. “I am like the Listán Blanco”, she says, “very resistant.” She has to be. Much of her work is that of restoration: first finding available vineyards and convincing growers to let her work their vines, and then rescuing dying plants and improving the general health of the plots. She farms organically, and the work is all manual.