Migan Tinto Valle de la Orotava 2019
Canary Islands, Spain
95+ pts Luis Gutierrez for the 2018, Not the 2019 offered here.
They started making wine from La Orotava a few years ago, and the red 2018 Migan is named with the old name of the village of La Perdoma. So, this is a village red from different plots in the village, including La Habanera and Tío Luis that are also bottled in small quantities plus some 40% from a vineyard called San Antonio that has more clay. The different plots fermented with 10% stems and matured separately in concrete, used 600-liter barrels and used 228-liter barrels. This is the textbook expression of the soils from La Orotava, showcased by notes of freshly cracked peppercorns, dry rose petals and wet pumice stone and volcanic ash. It's juicy and expressive, medium-bodied, with the power of fruit from La Orotava. From the 2018 vintage, I prefer La Habanera, which has incredible edge and minerality. But this has to be the finest vintage of Migan, only the third they have produced. 11,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2020.
Migan cuvee is sourced from two very old parcels of cordon trenzado (braided vines) Listan Negro. 60% comes from the La Habanera plot on volcanic sand at the highest elevation (600m) in the area, and 40% comes from the older San Antonio plot, lower on the slope (350m) and with more clay. The plots were hand-harvested, foot-trodden and fermented separately (La Habanera with 100% whole clusters, San Antonio 15% whole cluster) in large concrete vats, then into 228 & 600L old French barrels for malolactic and aging for 11 months. Bottling is without fining or filtration. Migan is a volcanic mountain wine, high-toned and vibrant, with smoky strawberry fruit balanced with fine tannins and refreshing acidity. Pair it with roasted meats and full-flavored seafood dishes.