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Lapostolle Clos Apalta 1999

Lapostolle Clos Apalta 750ML 1999      
Sku: 16740

Rating
 Wine Advocate 91 points (Apr 2002)
The outstanding, saturated dark ruby-colored 1999 Clos Apalta is produced from the Rapel Valley’s oldest vineyard, from which it takes its name. As with all viticulture in dry land farming areas, this vineyard was irrigated for years. A problem prevented it from receiving water a few years ago, and Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle and her team quickly realized that the vineyard no longer needed to be irrigated, as the old vines’ roots had reached deep enough into the ground to find water. Its raspberry liqueur, cherry, and blackberry aromas are followed by an immensely concentrated, well-balanced, and powerful character. This full-bodied wine captures the taster’s palate with wave after wave of sur-maturite-laced red and black fruits. It is a broad-shouldered, intense wine for drinking between 2005 and 2015.

Wine maker notes
Our winemaking philosophy is to reflect the terroir from Apalta by crafting a wine based in Carmenère, with Merlot and Cabernet. A truly hand crafted wine, we nurture our vines and attend to every detail to preserve the potential of the grapes. We hand harvest the fruit very early in the morning in small 14 kilos cases. The grapes were 100% hand de-stemmed in our Clos Apalta Winery so we maintain complete control of the quality. We fill our French oak tanks by gravity. Then nature does its work, allowing native yeasts that slowly ferment the must into wine with temperature control less than 26° C. Macerations lasted for about 4-5 weeks and during all that period we did manual punch downs to extract enough compounds from skins and seeds to get the desired structure and concentration. We rack the young new wine straight into 100% new French oak barrels by gravity. Malolactic fermentation happens in barrels, where the wine stays for 22 months, ageing patiently. The wine is bottled by gravity without any treatment or filtration.

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Country: Chile
Region: Valle Central
Sub-Region: Rapel
Appellation: Colchagua Valley
Grape Varietal: Non-Varietal Red Blend
Type: Still wine
 
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