Gallardía del Itata Cinsault Price € 15.20
The Gallardía del Itata range is sourced from the Itata valley, 400km south of Santiago where viticulture was first practised in Chile as rainfall is 1100mm a year and no irrigation is necessary. Gallardía is a Spanish word for bravery, but is also the name of the flower frequently found in Itata vineyards, and the range was created to reflect the wines’ often floral character. Gallardía is a fresh, elegant wine, notable for its enhanced oral character.
Pale violet red in colour, on the nose this wine is intense, displaying red fruits, raspberry and cherry. On the palate it is very smooth and with great acidity and where once again the raspberry notes appear.
Grape variety: 100% Cinsault
The dry hinterland, Coelemu.
Guariligüe, Itata Valley. In attempting to produce the most natural wine possible with minimal intervention, De Martino’s winemaking team decided to use the Cinsault grape from the Guariligüe area in Coelemu. Here they still preserve ancient cultivation techniques and incorporate sustainable and traditional methods, including the use of horses as a work tool. This wine comes from a vineyard located 22 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean and 500 kilometers south of Santiago. It is a mountainous zone with granite soils, gentle hills and many old vineyards. This particular vineyard is 30 years old, with Goblet-trained, dry farmed vines that are on their original rootstock. The Cinsault is a grape variety with low acidity and thus we chose a vineyard close to the ocean with a cooler climate to enhance its acidity.
This wine underwent a very short maceration with its skins and then later continued fermentation with native yeasts at 20°C. After being destemmed, the whole grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks with native yeasts only. Fermentation is produced with no addition of any oenological products (enzymes or external yeast), and with small quantities of sulfur dioxide. Total maceration lasts 40 days, after which the wine was kept in tanks for seven months and then bottled.
Soil Type: Granite.
Climate: A warm climate region. However, thanks to the inuence of the Pacific Ocean, the climate is cooler than in the rest of the Itata Valley.
Serving temperature: 12 – 13°C