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(2016) A blend of 65% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Carmenere first made in 1997. A delightful graphite and cedar quality to this, again a bit of meaty and bloody concentration, and the oak adding a dark, rich gloss a touch of background mint. The palate has a real juicy edge to the deep, meaty fruit. I cannot see a UK stockist at time of writing, but RRP is £24.99
(2016) Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Malbec and Syrah, this has that touch of mint and menthol to the cassis, quite stongly dominated by the Cabernet, the palate so smooth, so minty, with really plush and seductive tannins, it has a fine sandy tannin quality, good acidity and a lovely framework, a structure that the sweet fruit drapes over beautifully.
(2013) A single vineyard wine from the excellent De Martino that I haven't come across before, this comes from a prime south-facing slope in Maipo planted with ungrafted vines. Eighteen months in French oak barrels adds a smoothing layer of vanilla and graphite on the nose, but there's an obvious ripeness and richness here, a touch of mint to juicy cassis, and really intriguing little garrigue notes of aromatic herbs and incense. On the palate it has a flood of fruit, but despite the obvious ripeness, this holds on to it supple, savoury side too thanks to a tight structure and a sense of something a little more light and airy about the tannins than you might expect: no hint of over extraction here, but of natural density and the sweet fruit pushing through a little more tobacco and coffee in the finish.
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