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2016 De Martino Gallardía del Itata Cinsault, Itata Valley

2016 De Martino Gallardía del Itata Cinsault, Itata Valley

Red | Drink now | De Martino | Code:  44811 | 2016 | Chile > Itata Valley | Cinsault | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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89/100

WA - Designed to be on the table with food, the 2016 Gallarda del Itata Cinsault red is now D.O. Itata, as the law changed in 2015. Before that year, the wines produced with Cinsault and Pas grapes were only allowed the appellation Secano Interior, not Itata, as they were not considered noble enough to carry the name of the place. This is produced with fruit from a 34-year-old ungrafted, dry-farmed vineyard in Guarilihue in the commune of Coelemu. It fermented in stainless steel and was put in bottle the same year of the harvest, after some four months in tank. The nose has a sweet sensation of fruit, a wine of thirst, easy to drink but serious enough to show the influence of the granite soils. There is a big difference between this wine fermented in stainless steel and the ones fermented in concrete or terracotta amphorae. 15,168 bottles produced.
Luis Gutirrez - 28/04/2017

The Producer

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.

The Grape

Cinsault

Cinsault

The Region

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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