Lapostolle Grand Selection Carmenere 2015

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At Lapostolle Wines, to capture the freshness of the fruit is our mission. Young and expressive, bright and vivid, define the characteristics of our Lapostolle Grand Selection.

About the Vineyard

Rapel Valley is one of the few places where Carmenère grows in ideal conditions. It is located in the central part of Chile, including the sub Valleys of Cachapoal and Colchagua. It exhibits a semi–arid Mediterranean climate with a winter – only rainfall pattern. During the growing season, we have warm and dry days and pleasantly cool nights as a result of cold breezes coming from the Andes Mountains. Rapel also has a cool influence from the Pacific’s Humboldt Current, which lowers temperatures in the coastal areas of the Valley. This leads to warm days with ample sunlight and dry conditions, allowing a slow ripening period. Carmenère is able to fully ripen but maintain all its fresh notes that are so unique to the variety.

Wine Production

Grapes were harvested 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 for 98% of the grapes and the remaining 2% was hand destemmed. 97% of the grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks and the remaining 3% was fermented in wooden vats at 28-30°C with gentle extraction methods. Maceration lasted up to 4 weeks to extract structure and color. After maceration 62% of the wine was aged for 5 months in French Oak barrels to add an extra layer of complexity but keep the expression of the fruit.  The wine was lightly fined and filtered before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Color: Carmine red with violet hues.

Nose: Fresh nose with red fruit notes such as strawberries and plums, along with red paprika and spices.

Palate: Medium structure with very nice red fruit expression, juicy tannins and good balance.

 

Food Pairing

Serve from 15°C (59°F) to 17°C (62°F). The ideal companion for grilled red meat and medium seasoned dishes. Perfect for a corn pie or a grilled corvina drum with paprika.

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Valle del Rapel
Vineyard name:
Las Kuras Vineyard
Soil composition:
Alluvial and Colluvial Origin
Training method:
Espalier
Year vineyard planted:
From 1992
Harvest time:
March
First vintage of this wine:
2009
Bottles produced of this wine:
10.000 cases of 12 bottles of 075 lts.
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
12% Syrah, 88% Carménère
Prefermentation technique:
Cold maceration
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Maceration technique:
Gentle Extraction
Type of aging container:
Barrels
Size of aging container:
225L
Length of aging before bottling:
5 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
13.8 %
pH level:
3.7
Residual sugar:
3.1 g/L

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