De Martino Carmenere Reserva Legado 2015 750ml
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De Martino Carmenere Reserva Legado 2015

Maipo - Valle Central - Chile

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Rated 90 by James Suckling
A subtle and layered carmenere with blackberry, black chocolate and hints of spice. Medium body, fresh finish. Made from organic grapes. Drink now.
Rated 89 by Wine Advocate
The 2015 Legado Carmenere is produced from stony alluvial soils from Maipo where they have found they can get a spicy and fruit-driven wine with a notable absence of herbal aromas they don’t like. As in most cases, it’s vital to be able to harvest early through viticulture, irrigation and yields to be able to keep the natural acidity in the grapes. 2015 was a warmer year, but the higher temperatures of the last three years were partially compensated by more rain; in the end, they consider 2015 a very good year for Carmenere in the region (not the case for 2016). The vines were planted ungrafted in Isla de Maipo, where the winery is located, between 1992 and 1998 from a massale selection. It fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts after a cold soak and matured in used barrels for 19 months. There are no herbal aromas here; it’s spicy, with a touch of paprika (or the Chilean spice mix merken), something earthy and with good elegance. The palate is very serious and balanced, incredible for Carmenere.

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Region: Valle Central

Chile's Valle Central has to be one of the oldest 'New World' wine regions on earth, with a viticultural history which stretches all the way back to the 16th century, and the time of the first European settlers in South America. This long stretch of valleys and mountains, which extends between Maipo and Maule, has grown to become one of the most prodigious and productive wine regions on the continent, with a reputation for big, flavourful and characterful wines. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Carmenere all flourish in various part of Valle Central, and the many micro-climates which characterize the region allow wineries to experiment and innovate with their crops. Today, the Chilean wine industry is stronger than ever, and quality has for the first time overtaken quantity as a priority, making it something of a golden age for the country's wine producers.

Country: Chile

When the wealthy new landowners of the 19th century began planting large vineyards in the fertile central valleys of Chile, they must have been impressed at how successful the imported Old World grape varietals took to the land. However, such a fact is hardly surprising; with eight months of blazing sunshine coupled with oceanic winds from the west, and crystal clear spring waters from the Andes irrigating the soil, grapes such as Malbec, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon were given everything they needed to flourish, and more. As the centuries passed, Chilean wineries continued to expand and experiment, resulting in a wide range of wine production methods and techniques, and consistently producing fine quality wines perfect for the international market. Nowadays, Chile is renowned for producing a wide variety of crisp white wines, and juicy, fruity reds enjoyed around the world for their drinkability and flavorful character, making this country very much one of the 'New World', albeit one with a fascinating link to the Old.