Lota 2013

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.

About the Vineyard

Clusters were hand selected and hand picked in 10-kilo lug boxes. In the cellar, a manual cluster selection took place and berries were pressed by a small basket press. After a 7-day cold soak, the fermentation lasted 9-12 days in 10,0000 L tanks at an average temperature of 76°for Merlot and 79° for the Cabernet Sauvignon. Post fermentation maceration took 12 to 18 days. Dozens of small batches of Cabernet and Merlot were kept separate and only the exceptional barrels became key components of Lota. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels and aging lasted for 15 months in new oak barrels. The wine was bottled unfined.

Tasting Notes

A deep dark red color with violet tints. Complex aromas of dark fruit with cassis, hints of cedar and spice. Full-bodied and elegant with luscious flavors of blackberry, currant, cocoa, soft oak and warm spices. A core of concentrated and delicious black fruits is framed by light toasty oak and ripe tannins which continues into a long, ultrasmooth finish.

Food Pairing

This wine pairs very well with complex and gentle preparations like Fillet filled with gorgonzola cheese or Wagyú spiced cuts on the grill accompanied by mushroom risotto or mashed sweet potatoes. Also, excellent companion for eggplant lasagna as a vegetarian option.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Macul and Buin Vineyards
Vineyard size
Various acres
Soil composition
Calcareous soil, sand and rocky subsoils
Elevation
1,320 - 1,890 feet
Vines/acre
931 - 2,024
Exposure
North and South
Year vineyard planted
Various
Harvest time
Late March through the first week in May
First vintage of this wine
2004
Bottles produced of this wine
8,500
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
85% new
Length of alcoholic fermentation
9-12 days
Fermentation temperature
76 °F
Maceration length
12-18
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barrique
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French oak - Taransaud and Sylvain
Length of aging before bottling
15 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
14 %
pH level
3.52
Residual sugar
3.2 g/L
Acidity
6.52 g/L

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