Táganan Margalagua 2018 — Red Blend
A Wine That
Comes from vineyards that sit right above the Atlantic ocean, and we’re sure you can taste a little of that salty crunch in the wine. Aromatic and spicy, this tastes like rosehip, African spices and pink peppercorns. This is about as pure and unique as a wine can get.
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- Winemaker: Envínate
Where and How?
Margalagua is the name of the small and very steep parcel of vines planted on volcanic soils that this wine comes from. It is planted to many different indigenous Spanish varieties, including Listán Negro, Listan Gacho, Moscatel Negra, Negramol and Vijariego Negra. The vines are ungrafted.
The wine was foot stomped and fermented naturally with 100% whole bunches and aged in old oak 500L French oak barrels for 11 months.
Going to school and university is about a lot more than education; they give birth to friendships and business ideas. In the case of Envínate, it was at the University of Miguel Hernández in Alicante that Laura Ramos, Jose Martínez, Roberto Santana and Alfonso Torrente met while studying oenology. This quartet of bright minds did not have family-owned wineries behind them, but they did have a joint love for organic viticulture and low intervention winemaking.
In the Beaujolais region, there is a group of winemakers nicknamed the Gang of Four who revived organic viticulture and quality winemaking in the region in the 80s. Well, this is the Spanish Gang of Four. Thanks to them and to Suertes del Marqués, they have put Tenerife – a island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, just across from Morocco – on the map of fine wine.
Tenerife is often overlooked when it comes to its enormous wealth of genetic vine history. The island managed to altogether avoid phylloxera – the root-eating killer louse that almost wiped out Europe’s vineyards in the 19th century. This means that not only is it home to varieties such as the curious Listán Prieto (País), it is also home to hugely diverse and original vine material, whereas mainland Spain is home to a lot of modern clones. The Listán Blanco in Taganana, for example, is completely different to the vines found in the Benje parcel and in the Valle de la Orotava – home to the Palo Blanco vines. In Taganana, there is also the curious and extremely rare pink mutation of Palomino, named Listán Gacho or Listán Rosada.