De Martino Legado Carmenere, Maipo Valley, Chile, 2016 - Merchant of Wine

De Martino Legado Carmenere, Maipo Valley, Chile, 2016

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Overview of the Wine

Founded in Isla de Maipo (Chile), since 1934 the De Martino family has specialised in producing wines that reflect their origin and the character of each vineyard, based on solid principles of sustainable farming and traditional winemaking techniques. Today, the winery brings together the experience of the third generation of the family - represented by Pietro, Marco and Remo De Martino- with the dynamism and vision of Marco Antonio and Sebastián De Martino, the fourth generation. De Martino labelled and exported Chile’s first Carmenere in 1996 and was a pioneer winery working century-old vineyards in the Itata Valley, incorporating old winemaking techniques that set a precedent in South America.

On De Martino's tours, you can taste wines from Chile’s very diverse regions, try one of the world's best Carmenere wines and see the exciting process of wine creation. Just one hour from Santiago, a bilingual guide will explain the whole process of making our wines in a tour that starts with the work in the vineyards and goes through to bottling and ageing. You will also be able to find out about our innovative winemaking techniques in amphorae and foudres, methods that are unrivalled in Chile’s wine industry. This is the ideal opportunity to discover the best and most varied range produced in Chile.

The Legado range, produced in the most renowned valleys in Chile, uses grapes
which can come from one or more vineyard from the same destination of origin.
Through this range, we look to express the essence and individual characteristics,
which give each, label a unique sense of origin.

Grape / Blend

100% Carmenere

Carménère is a dark-skinned grape variety originally from the vineyards of Bordeaux, and which has found a particularly suitable home in Chile. The first accent is omitted in some countries, including Chile, whereas both accents are in others. 

A late-ripening variety, Carménère needs high levels of sunshine and a warm summer to reach its full potential, but in the right environment, it can produce fine, deeply colored red wines, with the attractive meaty plumpness of Merlot and the gently herbaceous, cedary notes of Cabernet Sauvignon. 

These similarities are not altogether surprising. DNA studies have shown that Carménère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot all have Cabernet Franc as a parent. (Source: Wine Searcher) 

Classic Markers: Visual: Dark Ruby with Purple Tones, Moderate Plus Concentration
Aromas/Flavors: Moderate Plus Intensity
Fruit: Ripe/Lush Black Fruit (Cassis, Blackberry, Black Plum, Black Cherry), Stewed Tomato
Floral: Violets, Purple Flowers
Green/Herbal/Pyrazine: Strong Green Notes Contrasted with Ripe Fruit, Green Bell Pepper, Celery, Camphor
Spice: Black Pepper
Other: Bitter Chocolate
Oak: Low to Moderate Use of New French/American Oak
Structure: Dry (with Ripe Attack), Moderate Plus Body, Moderate Tannin, Moderate Acidity, Elevated Alcohol, Bitterness


Maipo Valley, Chile

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

Fresh fruit aromatics of blackberries, black pepper and spice are joined with savory and smoky mineral notes. Palate is smooth with fresh acidity, a medium body and fine grained tannins. Show great mid palate weight and a lose lingering finish.

Critic Reviews

2017 - 93 Points James Suckling

Ian Blackburn - 91 Points
Roasted Olives/ Olive Bread, Moist leaf, cooking spices, mushroom, forest floor, black fruits, black pepper and savory/meaty character and finishes with a smoky mineral and stone note. One of the better version I have had and at a great value. 

Product size: 750ml

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