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2017 Cinsault Gallardia, De Martino

2017 Cinsault Gallardia, De Martino
ref. DEMA170 JAN19

Wine Variety: Cinsault is clearly an old variety; DNA analysis suggests that it hails from the Languedoc area of southern France, yet it long ago spread its wings and colonised parts of Spain and southern Italy. Cinsault is very resistant to heat, so is ideal for the Mediterranean climate and hotter wine-growing regions of the world. The Cape's own Pinotage grape is the result of a crossing of Cinsault and Pinot Noir.

Wine Region: Itata lies within Chile's Southern Region which also includes Bio-Bio and Malleco. Rainfall here is higher, with lower temperatures than in those regions further north. Itata is making something of a name for itself with its dry-farmed vineyards and Cinsault is emerging as something of a rising star. Vines arrived in Chile in the mid-16th century with Spanish settlers. 

Wine Producer: De Martino is a forward-thinking winery growing its vines organically. It was named Chilean Winery of the year in 2011. Only wild yeasts are used here, with the intention that wines should express their origins. 

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£13.00
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£78.00
Style
Style:
Red - medium-bodied
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Cinsault
  Producer
Producer:
De Martino
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
16°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
13%
  Country
Country:
Chile
  Appellation
Appellation:
Itata
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2020
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
South Region
  Colour
Colour:
Still Red
  Food
Food:
  • Beef
  • Canapés
  • Duck
  • Lamb
  • Pasta
  • Vegetables

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

N.B. This was entirely fermented in stainless steel. And it comes from the 2017 vintage, during which there were bush fires around the vineyards. This explains that smokiness on the palate. And I think that makes this wine rather a fascination. 

Barely medium mulberry red colour: surprisingly pale in the glass. Nose has some varietal hazelnut aromas, along with lightly creamy red and darker, lightly spiced plum/cherry fruit. There’s something a touch exotic about the fruits on the nose. Just medium weight. And there’s quickly a really smoky flavour, like oak logs on the barbecue. Definition and structure are well in order. Indeed, it pulls itself upright into something really quite focused at the rear. Structure is quite dry and fresh. This is just about drinkable on its own, but would be better for some simple food. Great pasta wine. Mmm...

#3wordtastingnote: smoky, spicy, mid-weight

 Download printable version of 2017 Cinsault Gallardia, De Martino

 Tom Cannavan's Wine of The Week on wine-pages.com, Monday 28th January 2019


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