Clos Apalta 2015

A world class Blend in the Bordeaux tradition.  The Earth offers is up and we respect the gift.  Winter 2014 was considered as rainy in Apalta, with higher temperatures compared to the previous season, moving from a minimum of 4,5°C to 14,7°C maximum. This translate into 0.5°C more than the 2014 period. Spring 2014 had moderate temperatures allowing good bud break and blooming, been both very homogeneous. Summer was more temperate than usual, with some heat waves that lasted for 5 consecutive days in January. This season Colchagua registered the higher growing degree days’ sum of the last three periods, due mainly to the high temperatures registered towards the end of summer, made of March the warmest of the last decades. However, grapes showed excellent quality when picked with a good aromatic expression and good tannic structure.

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. 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

Intense creamy attack with black fruit flavors, long lasting velvety tannins and an intense/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
46% Carménère, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
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
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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