Cousino Macul "Finis Terrae"
All Cousiño-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 Cousiño in 1860, including Cabernet and Merlot varieties from Pauillac in Haut-Medoc, and Sauvignon Gris from Martillac in Graves.
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 and Merlot to achieve the ideal balance of fruit, acid, tannin, alcohol and oak.
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).