Had these at Mr Primack’s place. He’s a big fan of these wines, and I am too, now.
Envínate is a collaboration between four winemakers who are exploring distinctive terroirs in Tenerife (where these wines come from) and Ribeira Sacra. The partners – Roberto Santana, Alfonso Torrente, Laura Ramos, and José Martínez – met while studying oenology at university.
These are the rare parcela bottlings. The regular Táganan wines are also superb and a bit easier to find.
Envínate Táganan Parcela Amogoje 2013 Tenerife, Spain
Named after a rock type, this is from a small mixed planting of the likes of Gual, Listán Blanco, Marmajuelo, Albillo Criollo and Malvasia. Ancient vines on their own roots. 13% alcohol. Quite profound nose of minerals, flint and spice, with subtle toast and nuts, as well as citrus fruit. The palate is bright and intense with minerally citrus fruit, pear and spice. There’s a hint of richness, too. This is profound stuff. 95/100
Envínate Táganan Parcela Margalagua 2012 Tenerife, Spain
Another small parcel of ancient, untrained vines of mixed varieties such as Listan Negro, Listan Prieto, Baboso, Negramoll and Malvasia Negra, planted on a steep slope. 13% alcohol. A co-fermented field blend, whole bunch fermentation with natural yeast in older 500 litre barrels. Fine, pure, expressive, floral cherry fruit nose leads to a silky raspberry and cherry fruit palate. Vivid, pure and elegant with fine-grained tannins. Quite beautiful. 94/100
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