2017 De Martino, Gallardía, Cinsault, Itata Valley, Chile

2017 De Martino, Gallardía, Cinsault, Itata Valley, Chile

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2017 De Martino, Gallardía, Cinsault, Itata Valley, Chile

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The De Martino family left Italy behind, arriving in Chile in 1934. Today, the winery – one of the most progressive and exciting names on the Chilean wine scene – is managed by brothers Sebastian and Marco De Martino. Through a network of intellectual partnerships and vineyard acquisition, the property has quickly built up a reputation for championing sustainable, high-quality viticulture.

You may suspect a hint of South Africa in this wine given its smoky character, but it is indeed from Chile. What you are picking up is the fascinating influence of significant wildfires in Itata in 2017. Underneath, however, this is still an enjoyably crunchy, red-fruited wine with elegant, fine tannins. Drink now.
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De Martino

De Martino

De Martino is one of the most progressive and exciting names on the Chilean wine scene, deservedly named Chilean Winery of the year in 2011. Through a network of intellectual partnerships and vineyard acquisition, it has quickly built up a reputation for organic viticulture of the highest quality, farming from over 350 different vineyards.

The corporate vision focuses on sustainability, terroir, and, by logical extension, excellence. By concentrating on the very best sites for the varieties in question, be they in Limari, Elqui or Maipo, and by the development of a world class winemaking team, De Martino now sits at the very top of the Chilean vinous hierarchy.

The Alto Piedras vineyards make up 5 hectares of the sub-Denominacion of the Isla de Maipo, a de facto island as the vines are surrounded by two branches of the Maipo River. Two other self-evident truths are located in the nomenclature; firstly that the terrain is rocky, volcanic gravel to be precise and secondly that the vines are quite high up. Chile’s indigenous grape, Carmenère, is here aged for 18 months in new French oak.

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Itata Valley

Itata Valley

Itata Valley is a cool climate wine region in Chile, located 400 km (250 mi) south of Santiago. Some of the earliest vineyards were planted near the port city of Concepción during colonial times. Pais, Muscat of Alexandria, Cinsault and Carignan, dominate the vineyards, although international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are gaining ground.

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