De Martino, Legado Carmenere 2017

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Chile

  • Region:

    Maipo Valley

  • ABV:

    13.50%

  • Grape:

    Carmenere

  • Grape Blend:

    Carmenere 100%

  • Organic:

    Organic

  • Winemaker:

    Marcelo Retamal/Eduardo Jordan

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

De Martino Legado Carmenere 2017 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Dark red colour with violets tints. Medium intensity on the nose, with aromas of red fruits, spices, black pepper and licorice. On the palate it is balanced, well structured, with dark chocolate, licorice again, juicy, firm tannins. Long finish.

Production Notes

From 2 vineyards in Maipo Valley: one in the Isla de Maipo area on a Quarternary alluvial terrace; one in the foothills of the Coastal Mountain Range, with an abundance of unaltered, angular volcanic rock. The vineyards use the traditional trellis method, with a double Guyot and ungrafted vines. Aged for 24 months in old French oak, with the aim of ensuring that the aromas and tastes from the wood are not transferred to the wine and thus do not mask the characteristics typical of its terroir.

Critics Reviews

James Suckling 93pts (2017) - This is such a refreshing take on carmenere with wonderful purity of fruit, showcasing brambleberries, citrus and spices. Medium-to full-bodied with so much edgy acidity and polished tannins, yet the concentration remains throughout. Just a touch of bitterness on the 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.