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Vina Casa Marin is located just 4 km from the sea in the San Antonio Valley Region, making it the closest vineyard in Chile to the Pacific Ocean. The unique climatic exposure and wide variety of soils found here give birth to a unique viticultural terrior modified, as it is, by the cooling breezes from the Ocean.

"We allow nature to tell us when the time is right for picking. Our aim is to let the wine reflect the terrior where it comes from and delight us with its aromas and textures." Maria Luz Marin, winemaker.

Notes taken at Explore Chile Trade Tasting September 2005.

Casa Marin

Wine Tasting Note: Casa Marin Sauvignon Blanc Laurel Vineyard, 2004, San Antonio, Chile.
Lay and Wheeler £13.95.
The Laurel Vineyard is planted on a windy hill-slope that needs irrigation for the vines to be successful. It faces north-east which matters here as the other Sauvignon in the range is from a different vineyard with a different exposure; you can taste distinct differences between the two immediately. This is good. A lovely perfumed nose, dry, fresh, floral. Juicy with complex herbs and citrus flavours. Think how those vines have struggled though fog and wind to produce such intense and delicious flavours. My favourite of the entire range. Alcohol 14%.
Scribblings Rating - 94/100

Wine Tasting Note: Casa Marin Sauvignon Blanc Cipresses Vineyard, 2004, San Antonio, Chile.
Price around £12.
The other SB in the range; from a hill-top facing north and south. Again windy and very poor soils requiring irrigation. A touch of honeyed richness here sets the nose from this one apart from the Laurel Vineyard rendition. Touches of guava and gooseberry to the fruit driven flavour.
Scribblings Rating - 90/100

Wine Tasting Note: Casa Marin Sauvignon Gris Estero Vineyard, 2004, San Antonio, Chile.
The Estero Vineyard is located on a hillside slope overlooking the brook ('estero') after which it is named. Facing south it again has poor soil. This wine was very interesting, not just because of the unusual grape variety, but on the nose and palate too. A smoky edge revealed itself after a swirl - plus kiwi and gooseberry - while the palate is quite rounded and ripe, not grassy like the Sauvignons but full of citrus flavours. Crisp acidity and quite high alcohol (14%).
Scribblings Rating - 90/100

Wine Tasting Note: Casa Marin Gewurztraminer Casona Vineyard, 2004, San Antonio, Chile.
Lay and Wheeler £14.45
This has a gorgeous aroma - restrained in a Turkish Delight kind-of-way more a little hint of spicy decadence and a palate that, while soft and lightly rose-tinted, comes across as fresh and pure with a wonderful texture. Peach and lightly peppered chocolate on the long finish. Lovely.
Scribblings Rating - 92/100

Wine Tasting Note: Casa Marin Pinot Noir Litoral Vineyard, 2003, San Antonio, Chile.
Price around £12.
This vineyard is relatively flat, located at the bottom of the estates hilly area. While ripe and rounded I couldn't really pick up anything distinctively different from the Lo Abarca vineyards Pinot. It's good though.
Scribblings Rating - 90/100

Wine Tasting Note: Casa Marin Pinot Noir Lo Abarca Hills, 2003, San Antonio, Chile.
Price around £15.
The Lo Abarca vineyard again occupies a hill top location. The wine is firm and broad with a ripe, rounded, cherry led palate. Toasty oak on the finish hailing form the 14 month lees aging in French oak. Alcohol 14.5%.
Scribblings Rating - 90/100

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