Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
The “LOTA” project started in 2003, when the Cousiño family decided to create a world class wine for the 150th anniversary. Lota is a wine that combines tradition, the history of the family and the distinctive elegance of the Cousiño-Macul wines.
Lota 2010 was selected Chile’s best Red Blend by the prestigious Chilean journalist, Patricio Tapia.
- Varietal Composition: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon - 23% Merlot
- Appellation: 100% Alto Maipo Valley
- 15-18 months in new French oak barrels.
- Alcohol: 14%
- pH: 3,52
- Acidity: 5,63 g/l
- Residual Sugar: 3,24 g/l
Great with strong flavored preparations like rib steak with fresh pepper and demi glace sauce, accompanied with truffle risotto or fig and mint rice. Also excellent to enjoy and taste by itself or pair with grana padano, blue, goat cheese, fresh serrano ham and fine salami.
2010 was a difficult season, according to our viticulturist Ms. Carole Dumont: “We had a very cool spring, followed by an extremely dry and hot summer and a harvest that began very late comparing it with the last year, nevertheless we managed to overcome all these variables and we are very pleased with this harvest.”
Rosario Palma, winemaker, says that the 2010 vintage wines will be outstanding in all varieties. The reds will highlight for their maturity, smoothness and consistency, especially Cabernet Sauvignon.
This wine comes from the oldest Cabernet (1932) and best Merlot of Cousiño Macul vineyards. They are the result of a special selection of our own best vines, keeping the same unique DNA material brought from France in the 1860s by Don Luis Cousiño, before the plague phylloxera attacked European vineyards. These vineyards are planted in Macul Estate at the foot of the Andes, 600 m above sea level on a loamy soil with some clay and very strong presence of rocks. They are fully adapted to these conditions without the need of much management, only traditional flooding irrigation and some pruning. With a natural yield of around 4 tons per hectare we obtain a very high quality and concentrated fruit which allows us to start the winemaking process with very high expectations every year.
Bunches were selected and handpicked in 10 kg boxes. Once in the cellar, a manual bunch and single grape selection took place. After 7 days of cold maceration at 7°C (45°F), the alcoholic fermentation started, lasting 9 to 12 days at an average temperature of 25°C (77°F) for Merlot, and 27°C (81°F) for Cabernet Sauvignon. Pump overs were done only by gravity 3 to 4 times a day during the alcoholic fermentation. The post fermentative maceration took from 12 to 18 days. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were transferred separately to barrels, where they stood for several months completing the malolactic fermentation while the technical team evaluated them, as only the exceptional ones became part of the Lota blend. The mixture aged for 15-18 months in new French oak barrels. After this period of time it is bottled directly and continued evolving for at least 3 more years.
With elegant deep dark color, Lota 2010 is Maipo Valley in a bottle. It has a purple deep color with yellowish notes. In the nose you can find a wine filled with ripe black fruits, specially blackberries, plums and figs, flowers aromas such as violets and oak. In the mouth it’s very strong, with medium-high acidity, fruit-forward with elegant and persistent tannins. The finish is very long and round.