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2016 De Martino Viejas Tinajas Cinsault, Itata Valley

2016 De Martino Viejas Tinajas Cinsault, Itata Valley

Red | Drink now | De Martino | Code:  44812 | 2016 | Chile > Itata Valley | Cinsault | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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93/100

WA - There is one more red Cinsault, the 2016 Cinsault Viejas Tinajas, also labeled as Itata since the change of legislation in 2015. This has moderate alcohol (12.1%) and is from the same vineyard that produced the Gallarda de Itata Cinsault. The destemmed but uncrushed grapes underwent a natural carbonic maceration in amphorae without any added products (yeasts or sulfur). The wine spent the winter in those amphorae, and after malolactic, in the spring it was bottled unfiltered, again without any added sulfur. The nose is incredibly clean and focused, fresh and with a mixture of wild berries and herbs, flowers too. The palate is light and fresh, with unnoticeable tannins but with the textured mouthfeel provided by the granite with great grip. This is the best version of this wine since the initial 2011 vintage. The amphorae seem to behave better, as they were abandoned in the fields and in the first years they lent an earthy feeling to the wines, as I also see with the new amphorae. 13,829 bottles were filled in October 2016.
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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