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Wine Yourself! This is the literal translation of “Envínate,” a cheeky title four friends from four different regions of Spain chose for their winemaking collaborative.

Hailing from the Canary Islands, Galicia, Extremadura and Almansa, winemakers Roberto Santana, Alfonso Torrente, Laura Ramos, and José Martínez met while studying oenology at The Miguel Hernández University of Elche. In 2005, after graduating, they formed a wine consultancy and later Envínate, with the goal of expressing the distinctive terroirs of Spain and its Atlantic coastline.

Each member of the Envínate collective brings his or her unique strengths to the group, coming together to create a product that transparently and beautifully reflects each oceanic terroir.

What makes Envínate special is its completely natural winemaking process, identical and consistent in each of Envínate’s four winemaking facilities. The team uses absolutely no chemicals in their process – all parcels are hand-picked, grapes are foot-trodden and wines are fermented exclusively with wild yeasts. Sulphur is only added to the wine prior to bottling, if necessary.

With a focus on the Atlantic regions of Galicia’s Ribeira Sacra and the Canary Islands, Envinate is responsible for making some of Spain’s most compelling and elegant vintages.

The Envínate gang are also some of the best break dancers in Iberia. Alfonso loves dancing and hopes to moonwalk on top of the CN Tower one day.

  • Albahra 2018
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    Albahra 2018

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    Albahra comes from a single vineyard that is divided into 3 parcels at 800 meters elevation in the Almansa region, around the town of Albacete. Almansa is located at the southeastern tip of Castilla-La Mancha. The Mediterranean-Continental climate results in wines of consistency: warm days, with a touch of humidity from the Mediterranean, give way to cool nights.

    Garnacha Tintorera, also known as Alicante Bouschet, is the primary grape in Albahra. It is a hybrid of the Garnacha and Petit Bouschet grapes. It is one of the few red grapes with dark coloured flesh, hence the name Tintorera, or
    “tinted.”

    Fermented and aged in concrete, the 30 year old vines impart a dark colour. Earthy fresh, blackberry, cherry and dusty-plum fruits mingle with peppery spice, anise and hints of minerality.

    Medium weight with pronounced acidity, Albahra is a stellar example of this up and coming D.O.

    Alcohol: 14%

    Peñin 91, Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker 91+

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  • Lousas Vina de Aldea 2017
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    Lousas Vina de Aldea 2017

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    Lousas is the name for the type of slate soil that predominates in the Ribeira do Sil and Amandi sub zones of Ribeira Sacra. The slate serves a great purpose, heating up during the daytime sun, helping the grapes ripen, and also imparting minerality and intensely floral and spicy aromatics that are the trademarks of Ribeira Sacra wines.

    Aldea means “village” in Galician dialect. It’s Envínate’s goal to produce single parcel, as well, as village wines in each region they work. This particular wine is a blend of different parcels of Mencia, at least 60 years of age, planted between 400-600 meters of elevation.

    Fermented with wild yeasts in open top tubs, the wine is then raised in old 300 and 400 litre French oak for 11 months with no racking. No SO2 is added until bottling, and neither stabilization nor filtration are employed.

    One of the finest exponents of the Ribeira Sacra, the wine has a lovely crimson colour. In the mouth, the red fruit smells very pure, with bright cherry. This sweet fruit flavour is balanced by chalky tannins and fresh acidity. This wine has lots of life and complexity.

    Alcohol: 12.5%

     

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  • Taganan Tinto 2017
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    Taganan Tinto 2017

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    Like the Blanco, this wine is made from many different red grape varieties native to the Canary Islands. They include Listan Negro, Listan Gaucho and Malvasia Negro. The parcels are very old and planted in between 75-300 meters of elevation right on the Atlantic Ocean. Like the Blanco, the vineyards are farmed by the same 15 different families and Envínate.

    The wine is wild yeast fermented with 30% whole grape clusters in open plastic tubs and concrete tanks. It is then raised in small tanks, then aged in 225 and 500 litre barrels for around 8 months.

    This is a fresh and aromatic red, with notes of spice, smoky minerals, and dark fruits. Bright acid, pepper and notes of dry-aged meat mingle in the mouth, leading to a long, satisfying finish.

    Alcohol: 13%

     

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  • Lousas Camino Novo 2017
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    Lousas Camino Novo 2017

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    Camino Novo is a blend of 85% Mencía and 15% Alicante Bouschet from 70 year-old vines in a south-east facing single parcel located in Amandi, at 430 meters elevation. The grapes are foot-stomped and fermented with whole-clusters in a small open vat, with daily pigeage.

    The wine is then aged for 12 months in 500-litre neutral French oak barrels. At bottling a touch of SO2 is added, but there is no fining or filtration.

    Tiny quantities are made.

    Like the other Lousas wines, it is marked by extreme purity, lifted aromatics and delicious savouriness.

    Initial tightness gives way an ethereal, very focused wine, with great mineral depth. There are exotic floral notes, herbs and a delicious, mouth-feel that makes this Mencía wine so intriguing.

    Alcohol: 13% 

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  • Lousas Seoane 2017
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    Lousas Seoane 2017

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    Seoane is a single parcel located in the Doade area of the Amandi subzone, with pure slate soil. The vineyard faces southwest, and the Mencia vines are at least 80 years of age.

    This site yields wines that are upfront and very Atlantic.

    The grapes were foot-trodden with 100% whole grape clusters, wild yeast fermented in open-top bins, and raised for 11 months in older 500L French barrels without racking. At bottling, a touch of SO2 is added, but there is no fining or filtration.

    This is a classic example of Ribeira Sacra wine, yet with extra dimension.

    Bright. Silky structure. Superb!

    Alcohol: 13%

     

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    Taganan Margalagua 2017

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    Margalagua, or “Mother of the Water”, is the name of a small single parcel organically farmed by viticultor José Angel Alonso and Envinaté. This treacherously steep vineyard sits in between 150-250 meters elevation just above the Atlantic Ocean, on the north side of Tenerife.

    As was tradition with the very old vineyards on Tenerife, Margalagua is mix planted with a number of different indigenous grape varieties, including Listan Negro, Listan Prieto, Baboso, Negramoll and Malvasia Negra. The vines are at least 100 years old, untrained (they grow wild on the ground), and planted on their roots, as is typical of the phylloxera-free Canary Islands.

    The grapes were fermented in old 500 liter barrels with the whole clusters included, and then raised in neutral 500 litre French oak barrels for 11 months. At bottling a touch of SO2 is added, but there is no fining or filtration.

    Parcela Margalagua is nothing short of profound.

    There is more depth and complexity than in the village red... a tantalizing mixture of pepper and stones, pungent aromatics, with wonderful deep umami notes, high-toned citrus, spice and flowers.

    The wine constantly changes in the glass, showing great elegance. With a seductive, silky texture, Margalagua delivers great acidity and length. It ends with a strong stony sensation and salty marine notes.

    Alcohol: 13% 

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    Taganan Blanco 2017

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    This cuvee is made from many different white grape varieties native to the Canary Islands, some of them unidentified, but include Listan Blanco, Albillo Criollo, Marmajuelo, Gual, and Malvasia. The parcels are very old, located between 75-300 meters of elevation right on the Atlantic Ocean. The vines are farmed by 15 different families and Envínate.

    The viticulture in the Taganan area of Tenerife is very old-fashioned: the vines grow untrained, the soil is worked by hand, and no chemicals are used. The wine is fermented with wild yeasts by parcel, with some parcels getting a bit of skin contact, and then raised on the lees in steel vats and barrels for around 8 months.

    This is an intense vino blanco with lots of personality and notes of nuts, smoke, and sea salt.

    Alcohol: 13%

     

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