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2017 Old Vine Malbec/Carmenere ‘Las Cruces’, De Martino
Red, Warm and Spicy
84 in stock
Tasting Note: Incredibly deep in aroma and flavour with notes of crushed black cherry, pencil lead and herbs. Fine and delicate on the palate, exuding the amazing balance that comes from old vines.
Food Matching: Red meats, such as wild boar and venison, game.
Vineyard: De Martino are a family estate of Italian heritage and are heralded as being somewhat the pioneers of Chilean wine production. Whilst they have a multitude of accolades, they are renownded for being the first to identify, bottle and export a varietal Carmenere from Chile and also for changing the Chilean wine scene in 2011 when their winemaker, the revered Marcel Retamal, decided that wines should be made completely differently to avoid the over extracted, high alcohol, oaky examples available on the market. To this end, he stated that grapes would be picked earlier, all oenological products such as commercial yeasts, enzymes, tannins would be stopped in favour of spontaneous ferment and indigenous yeasts and finally that zero new oak would be used as to not mask the great fruit they could produce. Needless to say that others soon followed suit! Add to this the fact that they have been voted “winery of the year” on three separate occasions, they were Chile’s first Carbon Neutral Winery, their wines are highly awarded by all critics and journalists (incl. getting top spot in Robert Parkers Chile review) and they continue to push boundaries by elaborating wines with different varietals and different terroirs, they are without doubt the top estate in Chile right now. Following 350 separate vineyard trials, they now make wine from Maipo, Maule, Cachapoal, Casablanca, Traiguen, Itata and Limari using everything from Cabernet and Chardonnay to San Francisco and Pais with the focus being primarily on Terroir. The real perk of De Martino is that they have everything from great value varietals, to highly polished single estate wines to incredibly unique and funky field blends. The grapes come from a small vineyard of 2.8 hectares planted in 1956 and located in the Coastal Mountain Range, in Pichidegua. This vineyard is a field blend of approximately 75% Malbec and 25% Carmenere. The vineyard is dry farmed, and the vines are planted on their original rootstock and are head trained using Double Guyot pruning technique.
Vinification: The grapes are destemmed and the whole berries (no crushing involved) are gently placed in tank, undergoing cold maceration for seven days. Alcoholic fermentation is spontaneous, once finished the wine was left in contact with the skins for 20 days before being racked into 5,000 lts. foudres where it was aged for two years.
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