De Martino, Tres Volcanes Chardonnay Traiguen  2017

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    Chile

  • Region:

    Maipo Valley

  • ABV:

    13%

  • Grape:

    Chardonnay 100%

  • Grape Blend:

    Chardonnay

  • Organic:

    Yes

  • Winemaker:

    Marcelo Retamal/Eduardo Jordan

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

De Martino Tres Volcanes Chardonnay Traiguen  2017 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Medium intensity straw color. Very elegant nose, with lemon confit, apple, light almond in the background. Amazing minerality for a South American wine. In the mouth it has medium body, intense mineral character and lively acidity in harmony with the set. A typical cold weather wine.

Critics Reviews

Wine Advocate 92pts (2017) - Born to replace the disappeared Chardonnay from Quebrada Seca (the vineyard died from the drought!), the 2017 Tres Volcanes Chardonnay comes from Malleco, a completely different region in the south of the country. The vineyard belongs to Errzuriz winemaker Francisco Pancho Baettig, who planted it in 2013 on clay and volcanic soils in Traigun, some 650 kilometers south of Santiago. This is a rainy zone, with around 1,000 liters of rain per year, a significant part of which occurs during the summer. The full clusters were pressed, and the must was allowed to have contact with the air in an oxidative way. It fermented in used barriques with indigenous yeasts and matured in oak foudres for some 16 months. This is the first year they made this wine, and they have found a cool-climate Chardonnay, with nicely integrated oak. It has a mellow texture, with clean, focused flavors and a nice compromise between volume and verticality.

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.