At Lapostolle Wines, to capture the freshness of the fruit is our mission. Young and expressive, bright and vivid, define the characteristics of our Lapostolle Grand Selection.The 2017 vintage started with a very cold winter followed by a dryweather with high temperatures and luminosity.
The heat continued during summer and accelerated the ripeness thatarrived about 2 weeks earlier than usual. We started harvesting grapes for Carmenère on February at Apalta vineyards in order to obtain fresh and vibrant fruit.
About the Vineyard
Rapel Valley is one of the few places where Carmenère grows in ideal conditions. It is located in the central part of Chile, including the sub Valleys of Cachapoal and Colchagua. It exhibits a semi–arid Mediterranean climate with a winter – only rainfall pattern. During the growing season, we have warm and dry days and pleasantly cool nights as a result of cold breezes coming from the Andes Mountains. Rapel also has a cool influence from the Pacific’s Humboldt Current, which lowers temperatures in the coastal areas of the Valley. This leads to warm days with ample sunlight and dry conditions, allowing a slow ripening period. Carmenère is able to fully ripen but maintain all its fresh notes that are so unique to the variety.
Grapes were harvested and carefully transported to the winery in Colchagua. We obtained clean and pure fruit with strict quality control,thanks to the state of the art technology, our Vistalys optical berries selection for 98% of the grapes and the remaining 2% was hand destemmed. 97% of the grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks and the remaining 3% was fermented in wooden vats at 28-30°C with gentle extraction methods.
Color: Carmine red with violet hues.Nose: Fresh nose with red fruit notes such as strawberries and plums, along with red paprika and spices.Palate: Medium structure with very nice red fruit expression, juicy tannins and good balance.
Serve from 15°C (59°F) to 17°C (62°F). The ideal companion for grilled red meat and medium seasoned dishes. Perfect for a corn pie or a grilled corvina drum with paprika.