Cousino-Macul, Finis Terrae, Upper Maipo Valley, Central Valley, Chile, 2013
This wine: lot No. L14230 22, a blend of 65% chardonnay, 30% riesling and 5% viognier; aged 8 months in new French oak, coated natural cork closure, 14% abv, Weavers Wines, £12.95 bin end (was £21) (11/18)
Consumer tasting note: oaky Chilean chardonnay blended with something else, but what?? riesling and viognier! Acidity is just about alright, with an interesting profile of creamy oakiness, baked citrus, stone fruit and dessert apple, full-bodied, finishes long. Drink now –
RTD, but will keep – Wait. No need to decant, serve well chilled to emphasize the acidity.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come of a creaminess, oaky, a spicy edge, very ripe citrus – like lightly baked grapefruit, lightly confected as in sugary confectionery, a hint of warm lime, baked apple, beeswax [on day 2 preserved pear appears, together with richer tropical nuances and a honeyed edge].
Palate: dry, very finely balanced medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol, full-body, medium (+) intensity, a velvety almost oily texture with a low-key grip, with flavours of oak, creamy stone fruit – white peach and apricot skin, an indistinct tropical richness, warm grapefruit flesh, low-key stewed dessert apple with just the slightest edge of struck match. A long length with a clean lightly oaky stone fruit-stewed apple finish, with a quite low-key grip.
Quality: (just) very good, acidity is pretty much on the edge of a balance with the high(ish) alcohol, a quite strong intensity throughout, with slightly lesser concentration; showing some/moderate complexity, with an added dimension from deft use of oak, which adds body, texture and flavours, complimenting the rich fruit profile. Finishes long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for a year, perhaps two – fully developed, with an acid backbone that is on the edge, otherwise this would keep longer.