Antiguas Reservas

Antiguas Reservas - Merlot

The denomination Antiguas Reservas is given to the Cousiño Macul wines that have reached a certain level of perfection and ageing potential. Antiguas Reservas Merlot has a limited production; it is selected from the best Merlot of the harvest and matured exclusively in French oak barrels. Cousiño Macul’s Merlot vines have been selected to produce small berries and bunches, ideal for high quality wines.

Technical Data

  • Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot
  • Denomination of Origin: Maipo Valley
  • Total Acidity: 5,39 g/l
  • pH: 3,51
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Residual Sugar: 3,05 g/l

Harmonies

Excellent company for medium intensity preparations, such as turkey with chestnut sauce, duck in teriyaki sauce, cordon bleu with pistachio sauce, eggplant lasagna or a classic ratatouille. It also harmonizes finely with a great variety of cheeses.

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Winemarker’s notes

The 2013-2014 season was one of extreme climates: a dry winter, a very cold spring period and extremely high temperatures during the summer. The only important rainfalls during the winter of 2013 were recorded by the end of May, while the remaining months presented only scattered and irrelevant precipitations. Nevertheless there were no complications in providing the proper irrigation for the vineyard. Temperatures were mild, in general, which resulted in gradual, optimal ripening of our grapes. The absence of precipitation during the final ripening stage encouraged optimal crop health.

Winemaking

After a careful manual harvest, elaboration of the wine began with seven days of cold maceration at 10 º C (50°F). Then the juice was fermented during 9 to 10 days at an average temperature of 26ºC (79ºF), using different strains of yeast. A 20 days post fermentative maceration allowed enhancing the flavors and bouquets, as well as smoothing the tannins. The wine matured in French oak barrels during twelve months, where malolactic fermentation took place, to be subsequently clarified before bottling it.

Tasting notes

Of an elegant red cherry color with violet touches, this Merlot outstands for its fruitiness, specially black fruits such as blueberries and mulberries. It shows a perfect balance, with a silky and fresh texture, of medium acidity, docile and velvety tannins. Good volume in mouth that unfolds into a long and elegant ending.
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