Casa Marin San Antonio
This pioneering family owned winery , just 4 km from the ocean, is in the vanguard of the new and potentially very fine coastal wine region. Founded in 2000 Casa Marin is is now planted to 50 ha of the original varietals of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Gewürztraminer and Riesling and is now joined by 2 ha of new plantings of Grenache which is due to be made into wine in 2014. The property is divided into a number of vineyard sites planted on a mix of clay, limestone, marine sediment and sand and drip irrigation is used. The proximity to the sea produces wines of low PH and high acidity. The elegant red berry scented Pinot Noir Lo Abarca Hills is impressively intense with just a hint of truffle, mocha and game. An additional Pinot, Tres Viñedos also impresses. The Miramar vineyard is a source of fine, minerally Riesling, showing the petrolly characteristics with age of the finest from Alsace. Syrah is also grown in the Miranar vineyard and whilst it can be dark and peppery in some years, the proximity to the ocean can give it ripening problems in cooler years, with a resultant lack of alcoholic strength. Good Gewürztraminer is classic and full of varietally pure lychee fruit character. The cool-fermented single vineyard Sauvignon Blancs have an intense zesty citrus character, a hint of minerality and fine underlying acidity giving both the wines good structure, with that from the Cypresses vineyard edging it with grassy and asparagus tones – a good cross between the tropical fruitiness of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs and the lawn mower scent of those from the Loire Valley. Sauvignon Gris is impressively intense with an underlying structure aided through partial barrel-fermentation. Maria Luz now shares winemaking duties with her son, Felipe, who is gradually taking over the reigns. (NB)
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