2011 De Martino "Limávida - Old Vines" Red Blend Maule Valley
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Single Vineyard Limavida is produced with the fruit from a 2.3-hectare, un-grafted, dry-farmed, old vineyard from Maule planted back in 1945 with mixed varieties, mainly Malbec (around 80%) and other red grapes, mainly Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon on granitic soils. It displays a bright ruby color with strong aromas of flowers (the telltale violets that the best Malbec really masters) and notes of aniseed, red fruit, licorice, smoked hints and the tension and acidity from the old vines with fine-grained tannins. With time in the glass, it develops a beautiful orange peel note that makes it appealing and fresh. A serious red from Maule. Delicious! Drink now-2019. (LG)
A red with blueberry and lemon peel character plus hints of shaved chocolate. Full body and fine tannin tension complemented by bright acidity. A field blend of malbec with some tannat, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot. Drink now or hold.
Deep ruby. Complex, expansive scents of ripe cherry and blackberry, with mineral and floral elements adding liveliness. Concentrated and juicy on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry and cherry compote flavors that stretch out and pick up smokiness with air. Delivers a compelling blend of power and elegance and finishes sweet and gently tannic, leaving a dark berry note behind. (JR)
The grapes come from a small vineyard located in the Coastal Mountain Range. This field blend is composed predominantly of Malbec (85%) and a smaller percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménère (15%). Goblet-trained. Planted in 1945. Ungrafted. Dry-farmed. Harvest 22 March. Yield 0.7 kg per plant. Granite deposit from the Coastal Mountain Range. The 2011 harvest had an annual rainfall of 510 mm, concentrated during the 2010 winter. In the summer, rains in January totaled 12 mm, providing an excellent end to the season. Temperatures were slightly cooler this season. This is a warmer area where the maximum average temperatures for the hottest months exceed 30 °C. Grapes were destemmed and then the whole clusters underwent carbonic maceration in stainless steel tanks, and then alcoholic fermentation with natural yeasts. 60 days total skin contact. The only additive used was sulfur dioxide. The wine was aged in 5,000-litre oak - Stockinger, Austria - barrels for 2 years. Bottles: 13.300. pH 3.5, TA 5.45 g/l. Deep cherry red. Warm aroma, warm bricks, earthy, graphite but there's a hint of sweet floral aroma. Lovely juicy freshness. Utterly moreish. 17/20 points. Drink 2014-2018. (JH)
The second largest owner of organic vineyards in Chile, with 740 acres in production, De Martino is stepping up to the plate in other ways as well: the winery is 100% carbon neutral and beginning in 2011 they have stopped purchasing new oak barrels. That year they purchased 140 tinajas, the traditional Chilean clay vessels that resemble amphoras, in varying shapes and sizes. They also invested in 5000l Austrian (Stockinger) foudres. This cuvee comes from a parcel planted primarily to Malbec (85%) with some Carignane and Cabernet as well. It was first planted in the 1940s and has always been dry farmed. Delicious flavors, with gorgeous fruit showing discreet green and savory undertones and a refreshing, drinkable style. The wine is well structured, ageing wonderfully, and yet drinks beautifully right now. This is one of my favorite Chilean wines I have tasted in the past few years - a revelation. (Joe Manekin, K&L Chilean wine buyer)