Casa Lapostolle Merlot Cuvee Alexander
$226.74 / case(12)
”climatic condition of valle de colchagua apalta is located 170 kilometers south west of santiago in the colchagua valley. The vineyard is situated on a north to south exposure which is quite rare in chile. The tinguiririca river rests on one side and the hills from the coastal cordillera surround the vineyard like a horseshoe on the other. Both are integral in forming this unique terroir. This geography is responsible for the conditions that ensure balance for our vines and a slow ripening for the grapes. At sunrise and sunset the hills block the sun’s rays limiting the vines exposure to intense sunshine and the river has a cooling influence on the climate. Apalta has special meso-climate that is different from the rest of colchagua valley. Its climate could be described as semiarid mediterranean; with a winter only rainy season and a long dry summer season. Rains are highly concentrated during the winter reaching over 450 mm on average. During the growing season (oct-april) we have beautiful days and warm temperatures with little rain. There are cold breezes in the afternoons and the night-time temperatures are cold. We benefit from a wide temperature fluctuation between night and day; which is a key quality factor for color and tannins in our red wines. Slow maturation allows the grapes to reach their ideal maturity with high concentration and character preserving the fruit and high levels of natural acidity ensuring a long ageing potential. The soil in general our wine comes from two main areas of our apalta vineyard: hillside vineyards with colluvial granitic soil: great fruit concentration and acidity. Lower areas with colluvial granitic soils: smooth and juicy tannins and color. Vintage conditions in 2015 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. Winemaking as a general winemaking philosophy in our cuvee 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 94% optical state of the art grape selection by vistalys and 6% hand destemming of the grapes. Fermentation was done with native yeast and there were gentle extraction methods during maceration and a judicious use of oak to preserve the fruit but integrate the complexity that a wine of this quality deserves. For the vintage 2015 we decided to add 5% of syrah to enhance the fruit character of this variety. Our cuvee alexandre merlot was aged for 14 months in french oak barrels: 5% in new oak; 21% in second and 74% in third used french oak barrel. Tasting notes – color: ruby red with cherry edge. – nose: red fruit aromas such as cherries and strawberry with fresh herbs aromas and a touch of vanilla. – palate: silky and elegant attack medium bodied with plums and cherry flavors. – service and food pairing: drink now or cellar for several years. Decant for 1 hour and serve at 16°c (58° f). Enjoy with homemade pastas such as beetroot capeletti stuffed with cheese and pistachios or turkey panzotti and bolognesa sauce. Vineyard management: organic and biodynamic vineyard management certified by ceres and demeter high density plantation: 5. 400 to 6. 666 pl/ hectare. Non grafted vines masal selection. Yields: average 4. 500 kg/he – or 1 8 tons/acre. Leaf removal and green harvest to fine tune yields. Vertical trellis system with double guyot pruning. . 100% hand harvested in small cases of 14 kilos. Harvested from the 9th of march until the 20th of april 2015. Winemaking fermentation: 100% wild yeast. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks and skin contact up to 4-5 weeks ageing ageing: 100% of the blend in 225l french oak for 14 months. Barrel use: 5% in new oak; 21% in second and 74% in third and fourth used french oak barrel. Fining and filtering: not fined or cold stabilized. Light plate sheet filtration only before bottling.” – casa lapostolle
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