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De Martino Limavida 2013

De Martino Limavida 2013

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"The 2013 Old Bush Vines Single Vineyard Limávida is sourced from a 2.3-hectare, ungrafted, dry farmed Maule vineyard planted back in 1945 with a field blend, mainly Malbec (close to 85%) and other red grapes such as Carménère, Cabernet Sauvignon and another unidentified varieties on granitic soils. This is the oldest vineyard they work in the northernmost part of the valley. The grapes are harvested very early in the morning to avoid heat, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in 5,000-liter oak foudres for two years. There is a creamy note intermixed with wild berry and spice aromas that give it a commercial profile. However, the palate is much more vertical with higher acidity than you expect, making it a little austere (is it the granite?); ideal for the table. 13,300 bottles were filled in May 2015. Drink: 2016-2021. 92 points

I met again with Marcelo Retamal and Sebastian De Martino to taste through their exciting portfolio of fresh, gastronomy-oriented wines. All the wines are produced with indigenous yeasts and without the help of any chemicals and only minimal amounts of sulphur.

2014 is a good vintage, fresh and with naturally limited yields, while 2013 was quite high yielding.

I also had the chance to visit the vineyards they have purchased in Itata, where I feel the potential is still to be fully exploited; the source for their Vigno, an old plot named La Aguada, is a vineyard planted following the contour lines rather than in straight lines in the outskirts of Sauzal. De Martino is one of the quality leaders of the newer Chile."

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (222)