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.
Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2008 Lota is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot that is aged for 15 months entirely in new oak barrels. The nose is sweet and rounded with layers of cedar-infused new oak that masks that copious black fruit lying dormant underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with cassis and black currant pastille on the entry. It has fine, slightly furry tannins that build nicely towards a supple, rounded finish that offers a long cassis-driven aftertaste. Drink now-2025. (Dec 2012)
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.
85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot
|All Cousino-Macul wines are made entirely with grapes sourced from its two estates located in the Maipo Valley. Both the Macul estate in the southeast of Santiago and the estate in Buin are part of the subregion known as Alto Maipo. The Alto Maipo is appropriately named due to high altitude orientation at the foot of the Andes Mountains. As the snow melts in the spring and summer, the Andes provide an ample source of pure, fresh water for vineyard irrigation. The soil is especially suited for the production of high-quality grapes: shallow, sandy-silky topsoil with rough stone below. All vines are planted on original root systems. Vines for new plantations come from massal selections carried out in the nurseries at Macul over a period of 10 years. This selection has allowed the preservation of genetic material of great value, originally brought to Chile by Luis Cousino in 1860, including Cabernet and Merlot varieties from Pauillac in Haut-Medoc, and Sauvignon Gris from Martillac in Graves. A graduate of the University of Bordeaux in agricultural engineering and oenology, Pascal Marty has held several esteemed positions at renowned wineries around the world. Early in his career he worked in Pauillac, at Baron Philippe de Rothschild in oenological research, viticulture and quality control. While there, he worked on several iconic wines, including the Mouton-Cadet, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau d”Armialhac and Chateau Clerc Milon. His work later took him to several U.S. wineries and eventually his tremendous talents were sought in Chile, where he worked as oenologist for Almaviva and Baron Philippe de Rothschild. In 2003, Pascal joined Cousino-Macul as their leading oenologist. Soon after taking this role, he was entrusted by the Cousino family to develop and create Lota, the family”s 150th anniversary wine. Considered one of his greatest achievements thus far, Lota earned a 93-point score from the Wine Advocate with its first vintage. Pascal directs the winemaking team on all of the Cousino-Macul selections, ensuring adherence to the utmost quality standards established by the family over numerous generations.