Valle de Colchagua, Chile. Viñedos Apalta, Lapostolle
88% Merlot and 12% Carmenère.
Color: Intense dark purple color.
Nose: Complex and intense nose with red and black ripe fruit such as raspberry and blueberries. Dark plums notes and cacao aromas.
Palate: Velvety texture. Juicy and round tannins structure, with balance acidity and very persistent finish.
Service and Food Pairing: Ready to drink now or cellar for several years. Decant for 1 hour and serve at 16°C (58°F).
Ideal companion for meats and well seasoned dishes with a red wine demiglace such as short ribs and angus beef.
This vintage brought great conditions for growing our Merlot. In general, winter in 2012 was dry and cold in Apalta, except in june which showed higher temperatures and was also humid (+2ºC versus the last 10 years average). The springtime rains where average. All rains where concentrated in october. Summer was colder and more humid than the historic data. During december, rains of 68.1 mm at Apalta made it the wettest december known in Lapostolle’s history. These rains supplied our water reserves and allowed the grapevines to develop without the necessity of extra summer irrigation. Only february brought back normal recorded temperatures. The ripening process occurred slowly but, it was very balanced. Fall and march brought normal conditions. Regarding the temperatures, april was going well only the maxima were lower. The grape
lost early its vegetal flavors and was technically ready to make wine, but we had to wait for the aromatic and phenolic ripeness. The ripening was going slowly, because of the fall
characteristics: lower temperatures, shorter days, more clouds. So it was very important to be on top of the maturity records and then harvesting quickly considering the risk of rain.
As a general winemaking philosophy, in our Cuvée Alexandre Merlot we look for elegance, balance and ageing potential. Express the terroir of Apalta is our mission; so our winemaking philosophy remains a very natural process with minimal intervention. Our key points are 100% hand harvest in small cases of 14 kilos, strict fruit selection by 77% optical state of the art grape selection, Vistalys and 23% hand de-stemming of the grapes at our Clos Apalta Winery.
Gentle extraction methods and a judicious use of oak to preserve the fruit but integrate the complexity that a wine of this quality deserves. For the vintage 2013 we decided to add 12% of Carmenère to enhance the spicy character
of this variety. Our Cuvée Alexandre Merlot was aged for 15 months in French oak barrels: 39% in new oak; 20% in second and 41% in third used French oak barrel.
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