2021 Envínate Taganan Parcela Margalagua Tinto14949
WINEMAKER: Roberto Santana, José Martínez, Laura Ramos & Alfonso Torrente
REGION: Canary Islands, SP
VARIETY: Listán Prieto, Negramoll
Margalagua' which means 'Mother of Water' in the indigenous Guanche language refers to the 'Grand Cru' of Taganana. A beautiful, ancient vineyard perched on a perilous steep that cascades down to a sheer cliff face over the ocean. The iron-rich red basalt on which Margalagua sits gives the wine and finer, more delicate and lifted structure than the rest of the village. The vineyard is planted to a similar array of red varietals, Negramoll, Listan etc etc and includes around 10% miscellaneous white varietals. It's long, floral, precise and complex, by far the most 'Burgundian' of the wines produced in Tenerife.
Envínate, which literally translates as “Wine Yourself,” is the project of four young passionate winemakers: Roberto Santana (based in the Canaries), Jose Martinez (Almansa), Laura Ramos (Murcia) and Alfonso Torrente (Ribeira Sacra). The four met while studying oenology in Alicante in 2005 and formed a collective based on a shared philosophy of wine and a desire to explore the ancient, Atlantic influenced terroirs of western Spain.
In 2008, the group bought their first vineyard in Ribeira Sacra, then took control of vineyards on the north side of Tenerife, and followed with a single patch of Tinta Amarela in Extremadura. Finally, in 2012, the group began working with a site in Almansa, where Jose lives and works, planted to Garnacha Tintorera. In each region, they work old, previously abandoned vineyards, but importantly for a project with such spread, one of the team lives full time in each location, working the vineyards year round.
Despite the far flung regions, the Envínate group pride themselves on their work in the vines and see themselves as a collective of viticulturalists, rather than travelling winemakers. At the core of the Envínate project is a belief that four things matter in the production of wine: the personality of the site; the character of the vintage; the soul of the people who work amongst the vines; and not fucking around in the winery because that’s how you make Coca-Cola.