De Martino, Viejas Tinajas Cinsault 2018

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Chile

  • Region:

    Maipo Valley

  • Area:

    Itata Valley

  • ABV:

    12.50%

  • Grape:

    Cinsault

  • Grape Blend:

    Cinsault 100%

  • Organic:

    Organic

  • Winemaker:

    Marcelo Retamal/Eduardo Jordan

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

De Martino Viejas Tinajas Cinsault 2018 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Dark Violet colour. A floral bouquet with notes of violets, cherries, blackberries and black fruit. Smooth, tense and fresh on the palate, with great structure and persistence.

Production Notes

Once the grapes were de-stemmed, they were fermented in the amphorae for 15 days, undergoing carbonic maceration. The wine spent the entire winter in the amphorae and then in spring, once malolactic fermentation was complete, the wine was bottled without filtering. It is worth noting that no winemaking products (artificial enzymes or yeasts) were added, except for a small quantity of sulfur dioxide to preserve the wine during transport. This wine was fermented and aged in centennial tinajas\n(amphorae), a tradition originated in the first vineyards of\nthe Itata Valley planted in 1551. The results is a tribute to the\nfirst winemakers of the country and to this special terroir

Critics Reviews

James Suckling 94pts (2018) - This is a beautiful wine that shows fresh raspberries, citrus, herbs and hints of terracotta and iron. Medium-bodied with a lovely, steely texture, presented by medium-chewy tannins and loads of fresh red fruit. Purity is the calling card here.

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.