Legado Carmenere Reserve, De Martino, Maipo Valley, Chile 2015
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Eco-friendly – carbon-neutral – organic – family-owned
Originally established by Italian winemaker Pietro De Martino Pascualone in 1934, De Martino is one of the most forward-thinking estates in all of South America. Located in Isla de Maipo, a small town around 50 kilometres from the Chilean capital of Santiago, the estate is entirely organic and also uses production methods that render their wines completely carbon-neutral.
The estate is located in a prime viticultural position, on the banks of the now arid Maipo River. The fact the valley previously accommodated the ferocious torrents of the Maipo gives soil conditions which are unique in the region, alluvial earth with high silt levels – great for the cultivation of vines. Today, proceedings are controlled by the third and fourth generations of the De Martino family who continue to strive to improve the quality of their produce as well as leave as little impact on nature as possible.
Harvested from the Norte Verde vineyard in northern Chile’s Choapa Valley, this is a full-bodied wine with intense cherry aromas, notes of chocolate, and a rich velvety mouthfeel. It is balanced and fresh with persistent mineral notes and soft tannins