2015 Lapostolle Carmenere Cuvee Alexandre Apalta Vineyard

Year: 2015
Appellation: Colchagua Valley
Country: Chile
James Suckling: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$15.95

"Incredible purity of fruit with currant bush, flower, strawberry and raspberry. Some lemongrass. Full body, dense and layered with fantastic tannins that are tight and silky. Great finish. Made from biodynamically grown grapes. Drink in 2020 but so impressive now." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Grape:
95% Carmenere, 5% Syrah.

Color:
Intense purple red

Nose:
Complex, with red and black fruit such as maqui berry and spices such as red pepper, vanilla and dill.

Palate:
Wide, of medium acidity and round tannins with fruit such as sarsaparilla and maqui berry. Medium long finish.

Service and food pairing:
Decant and serve at 16°C (60°F). Ideal for dishes such as rabbit roulade with mint and apricot or four-cheese pasta with truffles with grated truffles.

Harvest:
Winter 2014 was considered as rainy in Apalta, with higher temperatures compared to the previous season, moving from a minimum of 4,5°C to 14,7°C maximum. This translate into 0.5°C more than the 2014 period. Spring 2014 had moderate temperatures allowing good bud break and blooming, been both very homogeneous. Summer was more temperate than usual, with some heat waves that lasted for 5 consecutive days in January. This season Colchagua registered the higher growing degree days sum of the last three periods, due mainly to the high temperatures registered towards the end of summer, made of March the warmest of the last decades. However, grapes showed excellent quality when picked with a good aromatic expression and good tannic structure.

Vinification:
As a general winemaking philosophy, in our Cuvée Alexandre Carmenère we look for elegance, balance and ageing potential. To 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 harvesting in small cases of 14 kilos and strict fruit selection by optical state of the art grape selection by Vistalys. A gentle extraction and a judicious use of oak to preserve the fruit but integrate the complexity that a wine of this quality deserves. The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, 15% new, 23% second use and the remaining 62% third use French oak barrel. All fermentations were made with native yeasts. Hand Harvested from 18th of March to 8th of May, 2015.