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Lapostolle Clos Apalta

Chile
REGION
Colchagua Valley
SIZE
75cl
ABV
15%
VINTAGE
2015
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TASTING NOTES
This iconic Chilean wine is expressive and complex, offering a mix of plum, red cherry, dried fig, mocha, vanilla and hints of clove. The palate shows great concentration and structure, as well as a long and vibrant finish.

PRODUCER

Lapostolle is owned by the Marnier-Lapostolle family (of Grand Marnier fame), and since the winery’s foundation in 1994 has pursued an uncompromising approach to quality. Their objective is simple as it is ambitious: to create world-class wines using French expertise and the superb terroir of Chile.

VINEYARD
The grapes in this wine all come from premium sites in the Apalta vineyard in the Colchagua Valley. The Carmenère and Cabernet that form the majority of the blend are from pre-phylloxera vines planted in 1920. They grow on hillside colluvial granitic soils, lightly textured with layers of clay. Unusually for Chile, the Apalta vineyard is exposed north-south, and has a different mesoclimate from the rest of the Colchagua Valley. The fruit was hand-harvested at night into small baskets.

WINERY
Grapes were hand-destemmed, and the must transferred to small French oak vats, where native yeasts were allowed to ferment it slowly. The new wine was racked directly into all new French oak barrels, where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for twenty-four months before bottling without fining or filtration.

AWARDS & PRESS
“Big and rich, this red is filled with powerful flavors of blackberry, dark currant, black olive and dark chocolate that are built on an ironclad frame. Notes of cocoa powder and cream chime in as well, and the muscular finish lingers with hints of savory herb. Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.” – 94 points, Wine Spectator, March 2014

SPEC

Characteristics
ABV 15%
Awards PRESS
Closure Cork
Size 75cl
Grape Variety Carmenère
Vintage 2015
Location
Country Chile
Region Colchagua Valley
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