(plus tax and bottle deposit)
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.