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De Martino Viejas Tinajas Cinsault
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De Martino Viejas Tinajas Cinsault 2018

Itata Valley, ChileThis wine really stuck De Martino, and Itata, on the world wine map when the first vintage in 2011 was released. They found used and abandoned tinajas, handmade clay jars of varying shapes and sizes, while driving through vineyards in southern Chile, and decided to try these for making wine in as their ancestors did. They now have approximately 150 of these vessels in their care, averaging 150 years each. The 2018 is youthful with perfumed lavender, wild herbs and a fine infusion of tea leaves. Gentle and soft pink grapefruit brightens the core, while easy acidity and whisper fine tannins tie it together to the salty finish. Very special.Tasted: 23 May 2019Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 45.00 private wine shops Producer: De MartinoDistributors: Lifford Wine and Spirits
Varietal: Cinsault