Taganan Tinto 2021
(95WA for the 2020)
Mostly Listán Negro and Negramoll, with small amounts of Mulata, Listán Gacho, and Malvasía Rosada
The old local name for the vineyard area located on the northeast side of Tenerife. In this area, the vineyards are planted “wild” on primary volcanic rock, on cliffs just above the Atlantic Ocean. The vineyards are very old and are mix planted with many different native grape varieties. Due to the rugged and difficult terrain, all farming has to be done by hand, and harvest is usually performed with the help of animals in order to be able to transport the grapes. From a variety of parcels planted on volcanic soils, mostly around the Chavarria area. The vines are planted at 200 to 400m above sea level and range from 50 to 150 years old. The only treatments in the vineyard are sulfur, bentonite, and silica. Each of the many different parcels was vinified separately, all in open -top 1000L tanks, partially (30 -50%) destemmed, and macerated for 12 -15 days. After blending, the wine rested in 228L neutral French oak barrels for a year on its lees without any racking, where it completed malolactic fermentation. Bottled unfined, unfiltered, with a small addition of sulfur.