Clos Apalta 2011

A concentrated structure, this wine has a round attack followed by velvety and polished tannins filling the mid palate and a ripe and rich long lasting finish.

Tasting Notes

COLOR

Dark and deep inky purple red color.

NOSE

Complex nose opening towards ripe and expressive red and black fruit, such as plums, red cherries, dry figs and blueberries. Spices such as vanilla, clover and black pepper.

PALATE

With a concentrated structure, this wine has a round attack followed by velvety and polished tannins filling the mid palate and a ripe and rich long lasting finish.

SERVICE AND FOOD PAIRING

Open and leave to breathe for a couple of hours or carefully decant for minimum 1 hour and enjoy at 17ºC (64°F). Ideal companion for game, lamb, and entrecote fillet. Also good with rich bitter cocoa chocolate desserts.

Vintage Report

APPELATION

Apalta Valley, Colchagua, Chile.

BLEND

71% Carmenère, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot.

HARVEST

Organic and Biodynamic vineyard management. Organic certified vineyards by CERES. Biodynamic® certified vineyards by DEMETER. Carmenère and Cabernet Sauvignon Pre-filoxera old vines planted in 1920 not grafted. Morning sun leaf removal and green harvest to fine tune yields. Hand harvested from the 7th March until 18th May 2011, depending of the grape variety.

GROWING CONDITIONS

Winter 2010 brought a cold July and delayed the bud break by approximately 10 days, and that delay was maintained during spring. Summer was colder than normal with limited sunlight and December and January brought some rainfall which was unusual but beneficial for the vineyard after the dry winter and spring conditions. The cloudy summer resulted in decreased lightening, so maturity came at regular but slow pace and we didn’t have the excess of sun that can occur sometimes. February was, on the contrary, hot and sunny as usual. Fall brought threatening clouds so it was very important to harvest fast, considering the risk of rain.

VINIFICATION

100% hand de-stemmed in our Clos Apalta Winery. Fermentation with 100% native yeast in small French oak small vats. Skin contact up to 5 weeks. 100% of the blend in 225 lts new French oak barrels for 24 months. Not fined, cold stabilized or filtered. Bottled in August 2013, 3,550 cases of 12 bottles.

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Technical sheet

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