Bendito Destino Field Blend Tinto 2021

Bendito Destino Field Blend Tinto 2021

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Star sommeliers Terry Kandylis and Guillermo Cruz – a.k.a Bendito Destino – are fast establishing themselves as two of Ribera del Duero’s most ambitious new winemaking talents.

In 2020, while exploring this part of Castilla y León, Terry and Guillermo saw the potential of several abandoned plots of centennial bush vines around the village of Canalejas de Peñafie. Within weeks they established Bendito Destino (“Blessed Destiny”) and set about restoring 4ha of Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Albillo vines using dry farming and organics.

In a region known for ripe, highly extracted wines, Terry and Guillermo draw on Burgundian techniques with gentle punch downs and extractions to highlight the purity of the fruit. Harvested at night and destemmed by hand, grapes are foot trodden and fermented with wild yeasts in open containers, then bottled unfined and unfiltered.

From four 100-year-old plots, their Albillo Mayor is fermented in French oak and aged for six months on lees, its floral-edged fruit balanced by tangy acidity. Their Clarete – a blend of red and white grapes sourced from Carramimbre, Navazal, and El Olmar – is vibrant and energetic, with crunchy red berries and a fine saline streak. Co-fermented with partial whole bunches, the Field Blend is aged for 14 months in a variety of vessels, offering smoky dark fruit and velvety tannins, as well as serious ageing potential.

Turning heads at our mother company Keeling Andrew & Co’s portfolio tasting this week with an impressive maiden vintage, these bottles have already found listings in 3-Michelin star restaurants in London and Spain. Bendito Destino lives up to its name.

Wine Details

Type Red
Country Spain
Region Ribera del Duero
Producer Bendito Destino
Vintage 2021
Grape Varieties Tempranillo, Grenache, Albillo, Various
Farming Organic
Bottle Size 72.0cl