Due to the success of the first edition of the Peñin Guide, which reviewed wines from Argentina, Chile, Spain, and Mexico, a second edition was released this year. Each wine was tasted in its respective country of origin in order to gain a deeper understanding of the different terroir and their particular characteristics.
This second edition of the Guide is a testament to the diversity of wines in Chile and projects a new image to the rest of the world.
The Guide classified the following five wines from Cousiño Macul as excellent:
2009 Finis Terrae
Produced by blending Cousiño Macul’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah grapes, this is a medium-bodied, well-balanced, and complex wine, aged in new French oak barrels. Ideal for accompanying roasted duck, rabbit, or a selection of cheeses for dessert. We recommend decanting this wine before drinking.
2011 Antiguas Reservas Syrah
Antiguas Reservas is the winery’s icon wine, with over 80 years of history. This is the first Syrah vintage, and it maintains a classic style while combining the ripeness of the New World and the elegance of traditional wine with a structure that will age well over time.
2011 Antiguas Reservas Merlot
This is a splendid and well-rounded Merlot, aged for 12 months in French oak barrels for added complexity. Displays notes of cherries and toasted vanilla on the nose, with a smooth texture and harmonious mouthfeel. Ideal for accompanying red meats. Allow wine time to breathe before serving.
2012 Antiguas Reservas Chardonnay
An elegant and balanced wine, with a generous bouquet of tropical fruits, honey and light toasted notes as a result of barrel aging. Ideal for accompanying white meats and fish.
2010 Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon
An interesting Cabernet Sauvignon from Alto Maipo, with red fruits, spices, and pleasantly toasted notes. Intense on the palate, well-structured with ripe tannins and a prolonged finish.
95-100: Exceptional wine.
90-94: Excellent wine. (Wine with the same values as the above category, but with slight differences in terms of impact and clarity).