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Lapostolle Clos Apalta 2011

A unique and multi-layered wine. Ripe and expressive red fruit, such as plums, red cherries and dry figs with notes of mocha and sweet spicy hints of vanilla and clover. This wine is concentrated in structure with a round, packed attack preceding a punch of velvety and polished tannins that fill the mid-palate, followed by a ripe and rich, long-lasting finish.

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Producer

Lapostolle

Wine Region

Rapel Valley, Chile

About the Winery

Lapostolle was established in 1994 when Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle discovered the beautiful Apalta vineyards and decided to make the region her home. Alexandre is a member of the Marnier-Lapostolle family who also created the world-renowned liqueur, Grand Marnier.

There are 310 hectares in total and, unusually for Chile, the vines are densely planted, which forces the roots deep and leads to higher quality grapes. Pruning is severe in order to strictly control yields and harvesting is done by hand. From 2009 this estate was certified as being fully organic & biodynamic.

Grape Variety

57% Carmenere, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot

Style

Medium-bodied, fruity

Lapostolle Clos Apalta is a hand-crafted red blend that is uniquely Chilean in its terroir and use of Carmenére as the base. The grapes are grown in Lapostolle’s Apalta vineyard which has an exceptional semi-arid climate. Coastal mountains, which partially block the cold influence of the Pacific Ocean, keep the growing season days long and dry, while allowing for the nights to cool things down.

Drinking Window (Advisory)

Perfect to enjoy now but also has great aging potential. Open and leave to breathe for a couple of hours or carefully decant for a minimum of 1 hour before serving.

 Food Pairing

Pair with game, lamb and steak fillet. Also good with rich, bitter chocolate desserts.

 

 

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