De Martino Legado Carmenere 2021
Region: Maipo Valley, Central Valley Region, Chile
Bottle size: 75cl
Lots of red and black fruit accompanied by notes of tobacco leaf, spices and pepper.
After selection and destemming, the grapes were transferred to tanks, where they underwent a cold maceration prior to fermentation with their native yeasts. The wine spent a total of 30 days in contact with the skins. The wine was aged for 15 months in used French oak barrels in order to give the wine some extra structure and complexity.
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.