De Martino Vigno 2014 750ml
SKU 802791

De Martino Vigno 2014

Maule - Valle Central - Chile

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Rated 94 by Wine Advocate
The 2014 Vigno Single Vineyard la Aguada from De Martino is also a single-vineyard bottling from the field blend found in an ungrafted, dry-farmed, head-pruned old vineyard called La Aguada in Sauzal. The grapes planted are mostly Carignan with some 10% other mixed red varieties, such as Malbec, Cinsault, Carménère and Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard was planted in 1955 on granite soils. The wine has moderate alcohol, a low pH and high acidity, as it always comes through as crunchy and very fresh. 2014 was a low yielding year with little rain, which provoked an early harvest. Fermentation is with native yeast and only a little sulfur is used, nothing else. The wine matures in second use 5,000-liter oak foudres for 36 months; they kept it one extra year because it was a little reductive when it should have been bottled after its two years in oak. There are aromas of violets, red and black fruit and a touch of raw meat, with perhaps a very subtle touch of leather, perhaps a little reductive. The palate shows that incredible freshness, which coupled with moderate alcohol makes it very easy to drink. The tannins are fine-grained and there is a granite sensation of austerity, too. Tasted next to the 2015, it feels like the extra élevage has slightly dried the fruit. But let's see how it evolves in bottle..

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Region: Valle Central

The Valle Central of Chile is widely regarded as being one of the oldest 'New World' wine regions of earth, with a history that extends back over five hundred years to the time of the first European settlers in South America. Whilst they were mainly preoccupied with planting vines for the production of sacramental wines, today, the wine industry of Valle Central has never been stronger. With a wide range of vines flourishing in the region, thanks to the many micro-climates the valley provides, wineries can make the most of their particular location and produce fully ripened grapes of exquisite flavour and character. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Carmenere grow very well all throughout the various areas within Valle Central, and the region is developing a serious reputation for excellence on the world stage.

Country: Chile

Chile has a long and rich wine history which dates back to the Spanish conquistadors of the 16th century, who were the first to discover that the wonderful climate and fertile soils of this South American country were ideal for vine cultivation. It has only been in the past forty or fifty years, however, that Chile as a modern wine producing nation has really had an impact on the rest of the world. Generally relatively cheap in price,Whilst being widely regarded as definitively 'New World' as a wine producing country, Chile has actually been cultivating grapevines for wine production for over five hundred years. The Iberian conquistadors first introduced vines to Chile with which to make sacramental wines, and although these were considerably different in everything from flavor, aroma and character to the wines we associate with Chile today, the country has a long and interesting heritage when it comes to this drink. Chilean wine production as we know it first arose in the country in the mid to late 19th century, when wealthy landowners and industrialists first began planting vineyards as a way of adopting some European class and style. They quickly discovered that the hot climate, sloping mountainsides and oceanic winds provided a perfect terroir for quality wines, and many of these original estates remain today in all their grandeur and beauty, still producing the wines which made the country famous.