The de Martino Family have been making wine in Chile's Maipo Valley for over 70 years and their vineyards are situated at altitudes of up to 825m above sea level, yet only 30 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The soils are made up of clay, sand and volcanic rock which impart a distinct character to the wines. Everything is organic at De Martino Legado; yields are low and quality control ruthless. This organic Chardonnay comes from the 13-hectare Quebrada Seca vineyard situated 230 metres above sea level. The vines benefit from the cooling fogs that creep in from the Pacific Ocean and with less than 4 inches of rainfall per year, the vines develop deep roots in the calcium-rich soils of the vineyard. The grapes are manually harvested and following fermentation, the wine is aged in new French oak barrels and a further 6 months is spent in the bottle to develop its characteristic creamy texture.
A golden straw-yellow in colour. On the nose, elegant and expressive notes of grapefruit and banana. On the palate, full-bodied yet fresh with an excellent minerality and a brisk acidity. Creamy in texture, the tannins are well-balanced and the finish lingering. Great with braised pork with leeks and grapes, courgette salad with Taleggio cheese or poached salmon in a caper butter sauce.