Casa Lapostolle - Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2012-13Black Fruit Aromas
Country of OriginChile
- Barrel Ageing13.5
- Fermentation MethodStainless Steel Tank
- Food MatchPork
- Grape TypeMerlot
- Type of closureNatural Cork
This iconic Merlot has an expressive nose, with fresh black fruit aromas, spices, red pepper and bitter chocolate.
The palate is smooth and well balanced, with a generous structure and a long finish.
Grapes for this cuvee are all grown in Lapostolle's Apalta vineyard, at a north-south exposure. The vineyard benefits both from a cooling influence from the Tinguiririca river on one side, and protection from intense morning and evening sunlight from the hills surrounding the vineyard like a horseshoe.
Soils for the Merlot vines are a mixture of colluvial granitic and alluvial/sandy, while the Carmenere is grown on sandy, well-drained, poor soil. The vineyard is currently in conversion to biodynamic.
In order to express the terroir of Apalta, the winemaking was very natural with minimal intervention. Following hand picking, grapes underwent a double selection of bunch and berry with fourteen percent hand- destemming. Fermentation with wild yeasts was in stainless steel tanks with skin contact and lasted up to four to five weeks. The wine was aged for thirteen months in half new and half used French oak barrels, and did not undergo fining or cold stabilisation.