Casa Lapostolle - Clos Apalta 2018Vibrant Finish
Country of OriginChile
- Barrel Ageing24
- Fermentation MethodNative Fermentation
- Food MatchRed Meats
- Grape TypeCabernet Sauvignon
- Grape TypeCarmenere
- Grape TypePetit Verdot
- Malolactic FermentationYes
- Type of closureNatural Cork
An expressive, complex wine offering a mix of plum, red cherry, dried fig, mocha, vanilla and hints of clove.
The palate shows great concentration and structure, as well as a long and vibrant finish.
The grapes in this wine all come from premium sites in the Apalta vineyard in the Colchagua Valley. The Carmenere and Cabernet that form the majority of the blend are from pre-phylloxera vines planted in 1920. They grow on hillside colluvial granitic soils, lightly textured with layers of clay. Unusually for Chile, the Apalta vineyard is exposed north-south, and has a different mesoclimate from the rest of the Colchagua Valley. The fruit was hand-harvested at night into small baskets.
Grapes were hand-destemmed, and the must transferred to small French oak vats, where native yeasts were allowed to ferment the it slowly. The new wine was racked directly into all new French oak barrels, where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for twenty-four months before bottling, without fining or filtration.
“So aromatic and fresh with dried flowers, sweet tobacco and hints of straw. Red fruit, cloves and green peppercorns. Medium-to full-bodied with fine tannins that are very fresh and refined. Fine, silky and beautiful. Hints of minerals and granite to the dark fruit. Such gorgeous length and beauty. 64% carmenere, 18% cabernet franc and 18% merlot. Extremely long and poised. Cooler wine. From biodynamically grown grapes. Delicious to drink already, but another three to four years will make it even better". 98 Points, James Suckling.