Awarded 96 points and rare Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition article on South America's Top Ten Winemakers (see blue link below).
De Martino Viejas Tinajas Muscat 2016 - October 2017 Decanter review
Previous vintages have also seen outstanding reviews, these being awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in all of their
a) October 2016 edition review of Itata (Chile) (2014 vintage)
b) January 2017 edition review of their Most Exciting Wines of 2016 (2015 vintage) and
c) April 2017 edition review of Chile (2015 vintage) (see blue links below).
De Martino Muscat Viejas Tinajas 2014 - October 2016 Decanter review
De Martino Muscat Viejas Tinajas 2015 - January 2017 Decanter review
De Martino Muscat Viejas Tinajas 2015 - April 2017 Decanter review
Viejas Tinajas comes from the coastal vineyards of the Itata Valley located in the southern region of Chile; it is the cradle of the country's viticulture, with vines dating back to 1551. The area is characterized by a coastal climate, with high levels of rainfall, rolling hills and granite soils. A sustainable agriculture, including dry farming and ploughing with horses are practiced in the vineyards. This wine is fermented and aged in centennial earthenware jars (tinajas or amphorae), thereby rescuing the tradition of the first Chilean vine growers.
A remarkable ochre hue in the glass gives way to vibrant grapey aromas, floral notes and hints of honey. There is an impressive weight and on the palate, where the tantalising Muscat character comes through, followed by a touch of earthiness on the finish. So expressive and inviting with a nice tannin structure. This has real potential as an alternative aperitif or as an accompaniment for cheese.
Note: this wine is unusual as the above winemaking notes/reviews reveal. It is a) cloudy and b) does have unusual/esoteric yeasty flavours of fermentation (sherry/cider/beer-like). This is an intended effect.