Cinsault Viejas Tinajas 2015
THE FUTURE OF CHILEAN WINE, 100 YEARS OLD
No-one can say that we play safe on our Chilean wines, this beautiful example is an old vines Cinsault from the south of the country, and the critics love it; Jancis Robinson, 93 points from Tim Atkin, Decanter magazine. It comes from an old, unirrigated vineyard in the heart of the Coastal Mountain Range in the Itata Valley just 22 kilometres from the Pacific Ocean which gives life to this wine. It rescues an old tradition deeply rooted in rural Chile: winemaking using large earthenware jars. Viejas Tinajas has been fermented and aged as naturally as possible in amphorae over 100 years old, without intervention and in search of a faithful reflection of its origin. Consider this: Cinsault, old bush vines with small grape yields, granitic soils, farmed with horses, whole berry ferment, no punch down, gentle pressing. The watchword here is delicacy.
Cinsault is usually part of a blend, but in this wine De martino has left it alone to shine, and boy, does it do that. A lovely fresh nose of red currant jam and violets is well defined. The palate is medium in body with crisp red currant and dark cherry accented by touches of fig and wild sour cherry notes, a herby kick and fine dry tannins. Smooth, taut, fresh, and light on the palate, this is spectacular yet easy-drinking.
- Juicy & refreshing
- Light to medium bodied
- Sour cherry & raspberry
- Wild herbs, earthy mineral notes
- Great finesse & length
- No one should tell you what to eat with what wine, it is all down to personal preference, but if you'd like a steer on what this wine will taste particularly good with, we recommend:
REGION Itata valley
Named Chilean Winery of the year in 2011, De Martino’s approach focuses on sustainability, experimentation, a minimal use of oak and a lack of intervention. Viticulture is organic and the wines are terroir-driven in character.De Martino is a family-owned wine estate established in 1934. Working under the broad mission statement of "Reinventing Chile," it has produced wine from over 350 Chilean vineyards, having spent the past decade-and-a-half scouring Chile from top to bottom and side to side in pursuit of the most characterful plots for grape cultivation. The winery is renowned also for bottling Chile's first Carmenere, and for being the country's first carbon neutral winery. The Gallardia del Itata range represents an effort to make the most natural wines possible, often using ancient methods such as the use of work horses.
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