The wine is black with purple accents. The color is intense and just by looking at it you can see its density. The bouquet provides an explosion of red fruits, blackberry, black cherry and even fresher notes raspberry. The oak and ageing contribute a toasted vanilla and balsamic-like element in the nose. Then, instead of dispersing, all the scents marry to give greater complexity, flavors of precious woods and cedars. In the mouth, the first impression is density, volume, everything about it is round, no trace of harshness, but an impression of fullness. Little by little the tannic texture appears, not agressively but with good presence, which gives the wine a solid and wellstructured character. The finish is long, velvety and silky. Clos Apalta is a wine of great charm.
Michel Rolland, February 25th, 1999
Apalta Valley, Colchagua, Chile.
Blend of 50% of Merlot, 45% of Carmenère and 5% of Cabernet Sauvignon. Non irrigated 60 years old vines.
Hand-harvested from March the 31st to April the 2nd 1997, in small baskets of 15 kgs.
The must was fermented for 12 days at 28 - 30°C, followed by a 22 days post-fermentation maceration. All the wine was aged 16 months in French new oak barrels and was not fined nor filtered. Bottled in October 1998.
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