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Characteristics of Envínate Lousas Viño de Aldea
Envínate Lousas Viñas de Aldea is a red wine produced by the winery Envínate in A Texeira (Ourense), D.O. Ribeira Sacra.
This project was created in 2005 by four youngsters who decided to study oenology. They decided to found Envínate to produce wine in the different areas where they come from: Ribeira Sacra, the Canary Islands and Extremadura. Always with winegrower's passion, respecting the landscape and little intervention in the winemaking process, like craftsmen.
Their aim is to create authentic wines that express the terroir of each plot and all the potential of the variety. To do so, they avoid using chemical products, herbicides or pesticides, and all the processes in the winery are carried out with minimum intervention.
Envínate is part of this new generation of young viticulture oenologists who are giving a breath of fresh air to the Spanish wine scene.
Envínate Lousas Viñas de Aldea is a wine made from Mencía and a small percentage of other native varieties that grow together in the vineyard. The grapes come from several plots that are over 60 years old, planted on "lousa" soils (slate).
They are manually harvested and placed boxes. The grapes are selected in the vineyards. When they arrive at the winery, each plot is vinified separately in small open tanks. Some plots are vinified with 40% of the stems, and others, completely destemmed. It ferments with native yeasts, macerating for 18 days with soft manual punch-downs. The malolactic fermentation takes place in French oak barrels, where it remains for 11 months, with no racking or sulphur dioxide.
Envínate Lousas Viñas de Aldea is a juicy, fruity and easy to drink wine. The intense aromas of fresh red fruit stand out, with notes of flowers and fresh grass. An extremely easy to drink wine with a mineral finish that makes it eternal.
The DO Ribeira Sacra is a region that perhaps paints one of the best pictures of heroic viticulture, having even been awarded recognition by CERVIM, the awarding body for this style of viticulture. The term ‘heroic viticulture’ refers to viticulture in areas that have a topography and soil conditions that complicate the work in the vineyards and make cultivating the vines and harvest a challenge. The region is home to an Atlantic climate, rivers as thermoregulatory agents, low rainfall, slate-schistose and granite soils, small sized plots and vineyards grown on steep slopes. The result is excellent wines with great personalities that truly express the dramatic and exciting nature of the landscape.