De Martino Gallardia del Itata Cinsault Rosé 2014, November 2014, Julia Harding


Gallardia (meaning ‘bravery’) is the name of the flower found in these vineyards in the foothills of the Coastal Range and this is indeed a brave, counter-cultural wine. Extraordinarily pale for a Chilean rosé – almost closer to a vin gris in colour but it is actually a pretty very pale pink. Smells young and newly emerged from tank, with just a hint of red fruit, before a delicate floral/white blossom note starts to emerge and a leesy creaminess. Finely dry with a shadow of tannin to add to the length. Extremely fresh, long and delicate. Cool maritime climate has made its mark.