Finis Terrae is a clear reflection of the Maipo Valley terroir expressed through the finest of Cousiño’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from each vintage. It is a blend created by tasting hundreds of combinations of Cabernet - Merlot to achieve the ideal balance of fruit, acidity, tannins, alcohol and oak.
Due to its high complexity, this wine has a wide range of dishes for pairing. Possessing a great body and structure it’s a great complement for any red meat. The subtlety of aromas and flavors would be a perfect partner for Italian pastries, like a potato and pumpkin gnocchi gratin with Roquefort cheese sauce and parmesan. Other excellent dishes to try with would be filet mignon with fig risotto or beef ribs with grilled potatoes and rosemary.
The season 2011-2012 began with a very dry winter, followed by a warm springtime that allowed for an even sprouting. The summer presented higher average temperatures than normal, resulting in an advance in the harvesting date for the majority of the varieties. The sanitary condition of the grapes was very good and with a correct ripening thanks to the climate conditions. In general the wines are correct in their fruit, harmonious and structured, with present and soft tannins.
75% of this wine comes from the oldest vineyards in Macul Estate, used for our Icon Lota, and 25% from other vineyards used for Antiguas Reservas from both Buin and Macul Estate. After a careful selection while harvesting, the grapes are transported in small boxes of 10 kg to the cellar, where they undergo a second selection of bunches and a third one of single berries. The selected berries are carried into stainless steel tanks for a long period of skin contact and settling without oxygen at 7°C (44.6°F). Fermentation goes through at an average temperature of 25°C (77°F), taking around 9 to 12 days to continue with a post-fermentative maceration for a greater extraction of color and aromas. After this process, 75% of this wine is transferred by gravity to new French oak barrels and 25% to one-year-old barrels for a 15 months aging process where it also passes through a full malolactic fermentation. After this period of time it is bottled without any filtration and continues evolving and aging in our cellar for at least two more years.
With a bright and clean deep purple color this wine offers a complex nose, in which notes of ripen blackberries, figs and cherries are accompanied by tobacco, caramel, black pepper, truffle and fresh violets.
In the mouth, it has a soft entrance and medium acidity present during the hole experience. Toasted coffee, plums, vanilla and truffle would be some of the flavors that can be felt. It’s intense, balanced and round, with ripe tannins and a long lasting finish.