2018 OLD VINE WHITE, De Martino. Gallardia, Itata, Chile
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Area: This comes from dry-farmed, ungrafted old vines, planted in 1905, in Guarilihue. The Itata Valley is the newly-discovered 'trendy' area in southern Chile (over 400km from Santiago); rather like Swartland in South Africa, it's a region previously thought of as a producer of bulk wine, but now showing huge leaps in quality because of the availability of old vines and a willingness by producers to focus on grape quality rather than vineyard reputation.
Grape Variety: 70% Muscat, 30% Chasselas; fermented in steel before maturation in old oak casks for almost a year.
Producer: De Martino is quite a large winery, making nearly 2 million bottles a year, but they are hugely interested in their vineyards - working mainly organically - and are looking for wines of under-stated power, and real character. Alcohols are restrained and vinification is normally in old wood or old clay amphorae.
Old Bridge Rating: Muscat like you have never tasted it; perfumed but not overpoweringly so; dry, savoury, complex.
Press Reviews: "What I like about this wine is that it doesn't have the classical Moscatel aromas; it's very subtle and elegant, with great freshness. It's sharp and dry, with some more varietal flavors and the tension from the granite. 91/100" - The Wine Advocate
£14.75 per bottle
£14.01 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£13.28 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles