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Cousino Macul Antiguas Reserva Syrah


Founded in 1856, Cousiño Macul is the only winery in Chile amongst those established in the 19th century that continues in the hands of the original founding family. Grapes have been cultivated in the area of Macul since 1564, when the king of Spain granted the Hacienda Macul to Juan Jufré, a Spanish "conquistador", who cultivated wheat, barley and vinifera grapes on this estate. In 1856, the Macul estate was purchased by Matías Cousiño with the sole purpose of producing wines.All the Cousiño Macul reserve wines are estate grown, estate vented and state bottled. The complete supervision from the vineyard to the glass is a characteristic that Cousiño Macul shares with the world’s most renowed wineries. The mission of Cousiño Macul is to produce world-class wines that are unmistakably Chilean, carrying the distinctive character of the Maipo Valley. The name of the winery is derived from the family name of its founder (Matías Cousiño), plus the name given to the area where the esrare was built, within the Maipo Valley: the company name implies “the Cousiño estate at Macul”. “Macul” is a word from the language spoken by the indigenous people before the discovery of America; the language is Quechua, and Macul in Quechua means “right hand”. The company remains 100% under family control, producing limited quantities of fine wines.

An incredibly deep and attractive colour. In aromas, the wine shows intense plum and blackberry notes that mingle with herbs such as oregano and clove finishing with a meaty sensation. On the palate the wine feels fresh and tasty, elegant and complex, with a soft, pleasant and long finale.

  • Product Code: PR13CM
  • Grower: Cousiño Macul
  • Grape Variety: Syrah
  • Style: Intense and Elegant
  • Country: Chile
  • Appellation: Maipo Valley
  • Vintage: 2010/11
  • Alchohol: 14.5% ABV
  • Case Size: 6
  • Bottle Size: 75cl

Vintage Rating on this wine was 90 (source: Wine Competition Award Wnners)


Closure: CORK

Alternative wine closures are substitute closures used in the wine industry for sealing wine bottles in place of traditional cork closures. The emergence of these alternatives has grown in response to quality control efforts by winemakers to protect against "cork taint" caused by the presence of the chemical trichloroanisole (TCA).

Screw caps or "Stelvin caps" are closures made only from aluminium material that threads onto the bottleneck. They are the predominant closure used by New Zealand wineries.[8][9] This can be attributed in part to the New Zealand screw cap initiative which promotes the use of screw caps instead of cork. Screw caps form a tighter seal and can keep out oxygen for a longer time than cork. These benefits aid in maintaining the wine's overall quality and aging potential.

Vino-Seal, or Vino-Lok, is a plastic/glass closure released by Alcoa. Since its introduction into the European market in 2003, over 300 wineries have utilized Vino-Seal. Using a glass stopper with an inert o-ring, the Vino-Seal creates a hermetic seal that prevents oxidation and TCA contamination.

Zork is an alternative wine closure that seals like a screw cap and pops like a cork. The Zork closure consists of three parts; an outer cap providing a tamper evident clamp that locks onto the band of a standard cork mouth bottle, an inner metal foil which provides an oxygen barrier similar to a screw cap, and an inner plunger which creates the ‘pop’ on extraction and reseals after use.

The traditional crowned bottle cap has been used in the sparkling wine industry as a closure during the bottle fermentation process (méthode traditionnelle). Normally the cap is replaced with a cork before shipping, though recently some producers are releasing wines using the crown cap as their closure.

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Case Price: £65.94
( 6 bottles in this case )
Price: £10.99




Availability: Out of Stock
available September 2012

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