Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2017

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

About the Vineyard

Rapel Valley 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.
 

Wine Production

The grapes were carefully harvested and transported to the winery. 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 macerated up to 4 weeks to extract structure and color. During maceration, the fermentation lasted about 2 weeks in 100% stainless steel tanks, at 24-28°C. After maceration 55% of the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 5 months to give an extra layer of complexity while keeping the fruit expression. The remaining 45% was aged in stainless steel tanks; The result is great fruit with a fresh and pleasant palate. The wine was slightly filtered and clarified before the bottling.

Tasting Notes

Color: Clean burgundy color with cherry hues.
Nose: Expressive nose of red and black fruit such as blackberryalong with fresh aromas such as thym and black pepper.
Palate: Medium body with a good fruit expression. Good balance among components.

Food Pairing

Serve at 15°C (59°F). The ideal companion for pastas with red sauces, or paprika stuffed with quinoa and tomatoes, or a pizza with mushrooms and pepperoni.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
Las Kuras Vineyard
Soil composition:
Alluvial and Colluvial origin
Training method:
Espalier
Harvest time:
March - April
First vintage of this wine:
2005
Bottles produced of this wine:
246,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
86% Merlot, 12% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot
Prefermentation technique:
Cold maceration
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
14 days days
Fermentation temperature:
24- 28 ºC °F
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barrels
Size of aging container:
225 L
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
5 months

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