De Martino, Gallardia Old Vine White 2018

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    Chile

  • Region:

    Maipo Valley

  • Area:

    Itata Valley

  • ABV:

    13.00%

  • Grape:

    Muscat

  • Grape Blend:

    Moscatel 70%,Chasselas 30%

  • Organic:

    Organic

  • Winemaker:

    Marcelo Retamal/Eduardo Jordan

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

De Martino Gallardia Old Vine White 2018 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Very subtle and elegant, with great freshness. It's sharp and dry, with some more varietal flavors and the tension from the granite.

Production Notes

The 2018 Gallardia del Itata Old Vine White was produced with a field blend of 70% Moscatel and 30% Chasselas from their own dry-farmed, ungrafted old vines planted in 1905 in Guarilihue. 2018 was a cool year with low yields and an early harvest that resulted in fresh and light wines of good typicity. This wine ferments in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and matures in used barrels until the bottling, which will be some time in October 2018.

Critics Reviews

James Suckling 93pts (2018) - This shows a lot of freshness for this grape variety, framing apricots, citrus and pink grapefruit with herb undertones. A taut palate, drawn out by edgy acidity, but still boasting a lot of concentration from the layers of stone fruit.

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.