Wine of the week: Envínate releases
It’s with great pleasure that we welcome Envínate’s new releases into store. This brains trust of four friends came together over a decade ago while they were studying oenology in Alicante, and they’ve been making beautiful wine from distinct parcels of land ever since. These are wines that speak beautifully of place and time, and are incredibly exciting to see coming out of Spain.
The Táganan wines come from the eastern part of Tenerife, at an elevation of 75-300m where it’s incredibly green and lush with many different varietals planted. The Benje wines come from an elevation of 1000m, high and dry on volcanic rocks with a more singular varietal focus. Two vastly different sites making incredibly unique wines.
2017 Envínate ‘Táganan’ Blanco, $46
A beautiful white cuvée made from sixteen different varieties native to the Canary Islands, including Listán Blanco (aka Palomino), Albillo Criollo, Maramjuelo, Gual, and Malvasia. A cooler growing season resulted in a lean and direct character to the wine, with honey blossom, almond salt, restrained but nice fruit character, and citrus pith. Great food wine.
2017 Envínate ‘Táganan’ Tinto, $46
A delicate red made from thirteen different varietals, including Listán Negro, Malvasia Negro, Listán Gaucho, and Tintilla (aka Trousseau). This has a beautiful herbaceous twang, with delicate rosehip aromatics, wild strawberry, and a subtle earthiness.
2017 Envínate ‘Táganan Parcela Margalagua’ Tinto, $65
Margalagua (‘Mother of the Water’) is the name of this small single parcel, organically farmed by José Ángel Alonso and the Envínate team. The wine is made from 100-year old, un-trained vines, with a range of varieties (Listán Negro, Baboso, Malvasia Negra to name a few), predominantly red grapes with a splash of white. This has a saltiness that many of the Táganan cuvées have, along with beautiful florals, a mid-weight structure, a subtle oxidative character from the white varieties, and nearly watermelon-like fruit.
2017 Envínate ‘Benje’ Listán Blanco, $46
Predominantly made from Listán Blanco (Palomino), this is a fascinating white. It takes on some sherry-like character, with flor often present in the barrels. Honeyed aromatics, savoury & salty, peach fuzz and a beautiful textural weight.
2017 Envínate ‘Benje’ Listán Prieto, $46
Made mostly from the País variety (aka Mission), from vineyards at an altitude of 1000m. Wild strawberries, a classic garrigue herb character (think subtle rosemary, thyme, lavender), full of brisk & chirpy red fruit.
2017 Envínate ‘Tinta Amarela Parcela Valdemedel’ Trincadeira Tinto, $46
Made from the Tinta Amarela grape, grown on limestone soils at an elevation of 500m. Beautifully plush, with sweet purple and red fruit core, violets, aromatic herbs, and fine sandy tannins.
And because we’re nice (and to complicate things further…) we have also managed to secure a little bit of previous vintage 2016 Táganan Blanco ($48) and a few extra dozen of the very very brilliant single vineyard Mencía from Envínate, the 2016 Lousas Camiño Novo Mencía ($62).
Spain (Galicia, Extremadura), prices as marked
Limited stock across stores (arrival in TAS & ACT stores may be delayed by a week)
Price is valid for two weeks unless sold out prior