A decade ago De Martino were much like any other Chilean producer, making a range of generic red and white wines with little to distinguish themselves from their competition. They then tore up that model and refined themselves completely by moving into old vineyards, heritage grape varieties, low intervention winemaking methods and reviving the use of old clay amphoras (tinajas). The move has been an amazing success and has boldly helped reshaped Chilean winemaking as conservative and unadventurous to as exciting and dynamic as any other region in the world.
The Gallardia Cinsualt is a great introduction to the grape variety. Sharing many of the characters of Pinot Noir, Cinsault is light-bodied, cherry scented and yields soft tannins and light colour. The Itata Valley, Chile's southernmost region, has been growing grapes since the 16th century and here these bushiness grown in a very cool climate yield an extra layer of musky perfume. Delicious lightly chilled too.
Origin: Itata Valley/Chile