Envínate, Táganan Tinto 2020
Vibrant and immensely drinkable. Wild red fruits, smoked meat and salty herbs.
As with the Táganan Blanco this is a blend of native varieties from north-eastern Tenerife. All farming is organic, and yields are extremely low. Vibrant, energetic and immensely drinkable. Wild red fruits, smoked meat and salty herbs. Does very well with a slight chill.
Region/Country: Tenerife, Spain
Grape/s: Native Varieties
Production Method: Organic farming, 30% whole bunch fermentation and 8 months ageing in neutral oak
Style: Aromatic, juicy and savoury at the same time
Pairing Suggestion: Versatile, grilled meats, vegetable dishes, red fish
Envínate (aka wine-yourself) is the brainchild of Laura Ramos, Jose Martínez, Roberto Santana and Alfonso Torrente, four friends who met while studying oenology at the University of Miguel Hernández in Alicante. Their philosophy is simple: let each single parcel fully express itself through old-fashioned farming and wine-making methods.
From The Natty Boy
This is probably my favourite Spanish producer. I first tried their wines in Sydney a few years ago and our whole team was blown away, so I'm really happy to be able to sell all their wines over here in the UK! Their operation is based around finding vineyards in previously disregarded regions of Spain, and elevating them to world class level. As people move away from Rioja as a go-to, these alternative Spanish regions are coming into their own. Taganan is a blend of Listan Negro, Baboso, Tintilla and Listan Gaucho amongst others grown on volcanic, cliff-side vineyards on the island of Tenerife. The vineyards are truly spectacular here, all old vines, sprawling and low - it's one of the most interesting places to visit. I think of this as something like Jura Pinot Noir if it was from the Med. You get this amazing smoky character that tells you the soil is volcanic - I see the same with Sicilian wines from Etna - alongside a real minerality.