De Martino Vigno Carignan 2016  £30.95


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De Martino Vigno Carignan 2016

Maule Valley. The grapes come from a small vineyard of 4.5 hectares (11.1 acres) planted in 1955 and located in the Coastal Mountain Range, 35 kilometres inland from the Pacific Ocean. This vineyard is a field blend of approximately 85% Carignan, while the 15% remaining is Malbec and Cinsault. The vineyard is dry-farmed, and the vines are planted on their original rootstock and are gobelet trained.

This soil profile is quite deep, with clay and granite content which gives the soil a reddish colour and produces special conditions which help retain humidity throughout the ripening period, thereby allowing this to be a dry-farmed vineyard.

This microclimate is considered mild to warm by Chilean standards, as maximum temperatures during summer rarely exceed 30ºC. The modest altitude of the Coastal Mountain Range in this area allows cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean to reach the vineyard, moderating maximum temperatures.

The grapes were harvested on March 24th, 14 days later than 2015, with an average yield of 0,7 kgs per vine. Winter was drier and warmer than usual for the region, although spring was colder and rainy, affecting flowering and fruit set. Summer was warm and dry, still, ripeness came later than in 2015.

The grapes are destemmed and the whole berries (no crushing involved) is gently placed in the tank, undergoing cold maceration for seven days. Alcoholic fermentation is spontaneous, once finished the wine was left in contact with the skins for 20 days before being racked into 5,000 litres foudres.

It is a complex wine with great ageing potential that shows all the promise of this classic variety from Maule.