“No boring wines.” That should be Marcelo Retamal's motto. The forward-looking winemaker of Chile's pioneering De Martino winery sat down with us recently for a Virtual Tasting. This was one of our most exciting virtual tastings, covering all the key points of Chile's
geology and terroir, their leadership in promoting Carmenere and converting to organic farming. But the real fun here was Marcelo's honest and open take on winemaking.
Marcelo is not a fan of modern winemaking, eschewing modern yeasts, over-reliance on oak, and excessive and unneeded manipulation of wines, preferring instead to work directly in the vineyards to produce balanced, expressive wines. As he says while discussing his Estate Sauvignon Blanc, he doesn't want to produce the world's best Sauvignon Blanc. Instead he wants to produce a Sauvignon Blanc that, when tasted, makes one think of Sauvignon Blanc
, and Maipo, and enjoying the wine.
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