The de Martino Family have been making wine in Chile's Maipo Valley for over 70 years and today produces some of Chile's most exciting wines under the supervision of Marco de Martino and winemaker Marcelo Retamal. Their vineyards are situated at altitudes of up to 825m above sea level, yet only 30 miles from the Pacific Ocean and they are doing all the right things: picking early, avoiding new oak, playing with alternative methods of elevage (such as clay amphorae or tinajas), and adding as little as possible to the wines. Everything is organic, yields low and quality control ruthless. The soils are made up of clay, sand and volcanic rock which in turn imparts a very distinct character to the wines. The Moscatel grapes for this extraordinary white come from old vines situated in the mountainous Itata Valley just 18 kilometres from the Pacific Ocean. Fermentation takes place naturally with no added yeasts and the juice is then aged in the aforementioned 100 year-old clay amphorae ('viejas tinajas') for 6 months.
An attractive golden-amber in colour. An intensely 'grapey' nose with notes of lychee, jasmine and orange blossom. On the palate, complex and lively with flavours of citrus and orchard fruits leading to a lingering finish complimented by a well-balanced minerality. Great with smoked mackerel pate, a warm salad of scallops and mangetout or melon and prosciutto.