Region Valle del Rapel, Chile.
Grape 85% Cabernet S; 8% Syrah; 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc.
Color: Intense purple color.
Nose: Expressive nose full of fresh red fruit aromas such as plum and cherries.
Palate: Fresh attack and a medium body. Finishing with very juicy tannins.
Service and Food Pairing: Serve at 16°C (60°F). The ideal companion for pastas with red sauces, marinated pork and grilled red meat well seasoned.
In general, winter in 2012 was dry and cold, except in June which showed higher temperatures and was also humid.
The springtime rains where average. All rains where concentrated in October.
Summer was colder and more humid than during the historic data. During December, rains of 68.1 mm at Apalta and 63.9 mm at Las Kuras 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. Regarding temperatures during the summer, they were lower regarding both minimum and maximum across the three estates. Only february brought back normal recorded temperatures. April was going well only the maxima were lower. The ripening process occurred slowly but, it was very balanced.
In conclusion, the secret of success this year was based on the early identification of the grapevine’s needs.
All the grapes were hand harvested in small cases of 14 kilos and carefully transported to the winery in Colchagua. We obtained clean and pure fruit with strict quality control thanks to the state of the art technology: our Vistalys optical berries selection. Then all the grapes were gently macerated with a very delicate extraction, obtaining elegant structure, expressive aromas and very good color. Fermentation lasted about 2 weeks in stainless steel tanks, only with native yeast. After maceration 100% of the wine was aged in 225 lt. French oak barrels (second and third use mostly) for 4 months.
- RAPEL VALLEY
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