Clos Apalta 2015

There is a subtle complexity on the nose with currant, berry, fresh herb and wet earth aromas. Cut fresh flowers, too. Full body, dense and powerful. Incredible character here with such purity and polish. It goes on for minutes. Formed, sculptured yet soulful. A monumental wine for Chile. Unbelievable. More powerful than the 2014 which was 100 points. A blend of 46% carmenere, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot and 5% cabernet franc.100 pts by James Suckling, May 2018

Tasting Notes

COLOR

Deep ruby red color with purple edges.

NOSE

Complex nose opening towards ripe black fruit such as cassis, balckberry and fig, along with nuts, cinnamon and liquorice notes.

PALATE

Intense creamy attack with black fruit flavors. Long lasting velvety tannins. Intense and elegant finish.

SERVICE AND FOOD PAIRING

Open and leave to breathe for a couple of hours or carefully decant for minimum 1 hour or age for several years. Enjoy at 17ºC (64°F). 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.

Vintage Report

APPELATION

Apalta Valley, Colchagua, Chile.

BLEND

46% Carmenère, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

HARVEST

Organic certified vineyards by CERES (Germany). Biodynamic certified vineyards by DEMETER (Germany). Carmenère and Cabernet Sauvignon Pre-filoxera old vines planted in 1920 not grafted. Morning sun leaf removal and green harvest to fine tune yields. 100% hand harvested from March the 9th until May the 5th.

GROWING CONDITIONS

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.

VINIFICATION

100% hand de-stemmed in our Clos Apalta Winery. 100% native yeast. 95% fermented in French oak vats of 75 Hl and 5% in new French oak Bordeaux barrels. Skin contact up to 5 weeks. 100% of the blend in 225 lts new French oak barrels for 26 months. Not fined, cold stabilized or filtered. Bottled from July 3rd to 7th, 2017.

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