Cousiño-Macul Antiguas Reservas Chardonnay 2017

Cousiño-Macul's first Antiguas Reservas Chardonnay was made in 1969. Since then, this trademarked designation applies to a selection of Chardonnay that represents the finest of the vintage. The selection process starts in the vineyard with the restriction of the yield per vine and continues throughout the winemaking process.

About the Vineyard

Season 2016-2017 had higher temperatures than average, which produced a faster ripening and earlier harvest. Its main characteristics were low yield, good health conditions and good quality of the fruit. The decision of harvesting earlier was key for this season and allowed the wines to achieve excellent quality, moderate acidity and expressive aromas.

Wine Production

After a careful hand-picking that began the first days of March, the grapes were brought to the winery, passed through a bunch selection and subsequently pressed. A small percentage of the juice is fermented in new French oak barrels and matures in them for about 6 months. The remaining mixture is fermented in stainless steel in order to enhance and respect the fruit flavors of this strain. Before being bottled we proceed to the mixing of the components, and the wine is then clarified and filtered.

Tasting Notes

Antiguas Reservas 2017 has a gold bright color which characterizes its youth. This wine has delicate aromas that remind us of tropical and citrus fruits, such as pineapple, quince and pear. It also shows smooth touches of vanilla and flowers. In mouth this wine is balanced with strong acidity and refreshing finish.

Food Pairing

Ideal for pairing with medium intensity seafood preparations, shrimp risotto or grilled fish. It is an excellent choice also to drink while having a Caesar Salad or similar preparations.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Macul and Buin Vineyards
Vineyard size
Various acres
Soil composition
Calcareous soil, sand and rough stone
Vines/acre
931 - 2,024
Yield/acre
3.6 tons
Exposure
North and South
Harvest time
March
First vintage of this wine
1969
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks and wood
Age of Aging Container
New
Length of alcoholic fermentation
30 days
Fermentation temperature
54 °F
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barriques
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French oak
Length of aging before bottling
6 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13.6 %
pH level
3.4
Residual sugar
1.7 g/L
Acidity
5.1 g/L

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