Le Petit Clos de Clos Apalta 2015

Le Petit Clos is a different interpretation of the Clos Apalta Terroir, using the mastery of blending that is the heart of the winemaking philosophy from the Domaines Bournet - Lapostolle.  Winter 2014 was considered as rainy in Apalta, with higher temperature compared to the previous season, moving from a minimum of 4.5C to 14.7 C maximum.  Spring 2014 had moderate temerapture allowing for good bud break and blooming.  

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. This geography is responsible for the conditions that ensure balance for our vines and a slow ripening for the grapes.

Wine Production

Our Petit Clos was hand harvested in small cases of 14 kilos. The grapes are then hand de-stemmed in our Clos Apalta Winery so we maintain complete control of the quality. We fill our fermentation French oak vats by gravity. We use native yeast to ferment the grape juice into wine, with temperature control max. 28° C. We estate bottled the wine by gravity without any treatment or filtration.

Tasting Notes

Deep and intense red color with purple and cherry edges. Intense fruit expression with black fruit such as maqui berry and cassis well mixed with red fruit such as cherry and plums. Slightly spiced with anise and cedar notes. Silky and elegant attack, followed with round and persistent tannins. Remarkably dense and concentrated. Good volume, balance with a remarkable acidity. Long finish.

Food Pairing

Decant for 1 hour and serve between 16-17 degrees C.  Enjoy with an Angus loin in myrtle berry sauce, beef tenderloin and spinach cooked in cream cheese and almonds; venison with grilled seasonal vegetables.  

Production Info
Vineyard name
Condor de Apalta
Soil composition
Colluvial granitic soils well decomposed over different layers of clay.
Training method
Espalier
Average Vine Age
90
Exposure
Northern
Year vineyard planted
1920
Harvest time
March - April
First vintage of this wine
2014
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Carménère, 4% Petit Verdot
Time on its skins
Up to 5 weeks
Fermentation container
French oak small vats
Age of Aging Container
New
Maceration technique
Gentle manual punch down
Fining agent
Not fined, cold stabilized or filtered.
Type of aging container
Barrels
Length of aging before bottling
8 months
Certified Eco-Friendly Practices
Biodynamic-Demeter
Certified Vineyards
Ceres
Certifying Organizations
Demeter

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