Clos Apalta 2012

A world class Blend in the Bordeaux tradition.  The Earth offers is up and we respect the gift.

About the Vineyard

Apalta is located at 170 Kilometers South West from Santiago in the Colchagua Valley. The Vineyard is situated on a North to South exposure, which is quite rare in Chile. The Tinguiririca river rests on one side and the hills from the Coastal Cordillera surround the vineyard like a horseshoe.

Wine Production

Our winemaking philosophy is to reflect the terroir from Apalta by crafting a wine based in Carmenère. A truly hand crafted wine, we nurture our vines and attend to every detail to preserve the potential of the grapes. We hand harvest the fruit in small cases of 14 kilos. The grapes are 100% hand de-stemmed in our Clos Apalta Winery so we maintain complete control of the quality. 95% of grapes were fermented in our French oak vats while 5% was fermented In new French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby red color with purple edges. Complex nose opening towards ripe black fruit such as cassis, balckberry and fig, along with nuts, cinnamon and liquorice notes. Intense creamy attack with black fruit flavors. Long lasting velvety tannins. Intense and elegant finish.

Food Pairing

Ideal companion for a canard à l’orange, rack of lamb with rustic mashed potatoes or to finish a meal with a selection of a high percentage cacao chocolate.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Condor de Apalta
Soil composition
Colluvial granitic soils, lightly textured with layers of clay.
Training method
Espalier
Average Vine Age
90
Exposure
Northern
Year vineyard planted
1920
First vintage of this wine
1997
Bottles produced of this wine
62,388
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
48% Carménère, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot
Prefermentation Technique
100% native yeast
Fermentation container
French oak vats
Age of Aging Container
New
Fermentation temperature
Lower than 28ºC °F
Maceration technique
Manual punch downs to extract compounds
Fining agent
Not fined, cold stabilized or filtered.
Type of aging container
Barrels
Length of bottle aging
12 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
26 months
Certified Eco-Friendly Practices
Biodynamic-Demeter
Certified Vineyards
Ceres
Certifying Organizations
Demeter

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