Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot
75cl * Organic & Biodynamic * 15.0% ABV * Colchagua Valley, Chile
This may be lesser-known than the majority of the world’s 100-point wines, but both the 2014 and 2015 Clos Apalta wines have been awarded this top score from James Suckling, making this one of the most exciting wineries in South America right now. The Apalta vineyard is located 170km south west of Santiago in Chile's Colchagua Valley and 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 integral in forming the unique terroir upon which Clos Apalta is founded.
A blend of Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, made with a nod to Bordeaux. Aromas cassis, blackberry, blueberry and fig, along with nuts, cinnamon and liquorice notes. The palate is intense and creamy with black fruit, bell peppers, liquorice and long lasting velvety tannins. The finish is intense, elegant and very long. Full and firm, this can be drunk now, but another few years will help to further soften its tannins.
James Suckling: There is a subtle complexity on the nose with currant, berry, fresh herb and wet earth aromas. Cut fresh flowers, too. Full body, dense and powerful. Incredible character here with such purity and polish. It goes on for minutes. Formed, sculptured yet soulful. A monumental wine for Chile. Unbelievable. More powerful than the 2014 which was 100 points. 100/100 Points
Decant for 2-3 hours or longer and serve at 17-18 degrees. This can hold up to powerful red meats and the herbiness of the Carmenére works especially well with barbecued lamb steaks.
Drinking window: Now – 2040+