Grapes: Garnacha Tintorera, Moravia Agria
From: La Mancha, Spain
Farming Practices: Organic, Sustainable
Tasting Notes: red cherry, white pepper, rose
Envínate - "wine yourself" - emerged from a winemaking consultancy founded by four friends before evolving into its own project exploring the distinct parcels in the Atlantic regions of Ribeira Sacra and the Canary Islands. Their goal is to make honest wines that express unique terroir. To that effect, all grapes are hand-picked, foot-trodden, chemical-free, and are fermented exclusively with natural yeasts.
Albahra, translating to "small sea," alludes to the vineyard area located at the southeaster tip of Castilla-La Mancha. As a blend of 70% Garnacha Tintorera and 30% Morovia Agria, all grapes are hand-harvested and vinified separately.
The Garnacha Tintorera is foot-trodden in vat with 30-50% stems included and 6-10 days skin maceration, then fermented and aged in concrete for 8 months.
The Moravia Agria is completely destemmed and sees 7 days maceration before being pressed and aged in used French barriques for 8 months. The wine is then blended and bottled unfined, unfiltered and with very little SO2 addition.