Envinate Lousas 'Camino Novo', Ribeira Sacra, Spain 2016

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Envinate Lousas 'Camino Novo', Ribeira Sacra, Spain 2016

32.50

The Camino Novo vineyard is one of two single plots that are vinified separately by the team at Envinaté (pronounced Envinaté). It's mostly Mencía from an 80 year-old vineyard on the steep, terraced banks of the River Sil, but they add a little dash of Garnacha Tintorera (aka Alicante Bouschet) for colour, because it is one of the few black-skinned grapes that has a red pulp. It’s a beautiful expression of silk and satin drenched in purple berries. Wonderfully fine and elegant, but with energy in its concentration.


Press review:

Jamie Goode
: “This has fantastic definition. Pure, quite silky and with nice freshness to the supple raspberry and cherry fruit. Shows amazing texture and finesse, with a seamless quality but also freshness and good acidity. Combines flesh with elegance.” 95 points

Jancis Robinson (Ferran Centelles): “90% Mencía and 10% Garnacha Tintorera. ‘Lousas’ is the name of a particular slate soil in the sub-areas of Ribeira do Sil and Amandi. Whole bunches were trodden by foot before fermentation with wild yeasts was carried out. Aged for 12 months in used French barrels of 300 and 400 litres. No fining or filtration. ‘Envínate’ is the venture of Laura Ramos, José Martinez, Roberto Santana and Alfonso Torrente. A crew of four in love with viticulture, making wines throughout Spain with a remarkable result in areas such as the Canary Islands and Galicia. Tasted blind. Extremely refreshing and vivid on the palate: wild dark berries, cherries, tar and a peppery finish. It is racy, appetisingly dry and a very good expression of Ribeira Sacra’s regionality.” 16.5 points

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