De Martino, Alto de Piedras Carmenere 2015 - Magnum

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Chile

  • Region:

    Maipo Valley

  • ABV:

    13%

  • Grape:

    Carmenere

  • Grape Blend:

    Carmenere 100%

  • Organic:

    Organic

  • Winemaker:

    Marcelo Retamal/Eduardo Jordan

  • Bottle Size:

    1500ml

De Martino Alto de Piedras Carmenere 2015 - Magnum - Wine

Tasting Notes

A deep ruby red in colour. Aromas of cedarwood, green herbs and red plum. On the palate, concentrated and ripe with notes of dark chocolate and spice. The finish is lengthy and the tannins well-balanced. Perfect with roast tenderloin of beef, roast duck with sausages and lentils or Catalan bean and sausage stew with mint, paprika, tomatoes, and Chorizo.

Production Notes

The vineyard is situated in an old tributary of the Maipo river, 50 km from the Pacific Ocean. Planted in 1992. 5,000 plants per ha. Ungrafted. Alluvial terrace. A mixture of sand, silt, and clay, with boulders of different sizes and volcanic rocks. At a depth of one meter the soil is 30% clay, 31% silt, and 39% sand. 2011 was a cooler year than usual. Winter and spring of 2010 experienced 268 mm of rainfall, which was less than average. The grapes were destemmed fermented in small tanks with natural yeasts for 92 days. The only additive used was sulfur dioxide, in very small amounts. Aged in 5,000 liter oak barrels - Stockinger, Austria - for 2 years.

Critics Reviews

James Suckling 92pts (2015) - An impressive carmenere with cassis, walnuts and delicate herbal aromas on the nose. A very good balance of bitter chocolate character and elegant dry tannins at the long finish.

Producer Profile

The De Martino family arrived in Chile from Italy in 1934 and settled in Isla de Maipo. Today the winery is managed by brothers Sebastian and Marco De Martino who share an ongoing focus in creating wines which represent the family and their origin in the purest way possible. Day to day operations are run by the impressive and well-travelled Sebastian and Marco De Martino, with winemaking under the watchful eye of one of Chile's finest winemakers, Marcelo Retamal. Between them, Sebastian, Marco and Marcelo have transformed De Martino over the past decade into arguably Chile's most progressive and dynamic producer. De Martino is at the top of its game in Chile, with a range of wines that spans from Limari in the north to Itata in the south. They work sustainably across all their vineyards and use organic practices for their Itata and single vineyard wines. These wines are each fermented with native yeasts, avoiding any additives that may alter their personality. Likewise, aging is made in stainless steel, concrete, 5000 litres foudres, used barriques (average age ten years old), to allow the wines to reflect their origin.