Le Rouge 2015

Lapostolle

Our Lapostolle Le Rouge represents the heart of Lapostolle: The French winemaking and blending expertise and the Chilean Terroir.

About the Vineyard

The 2014 growing season is characterized by a spring with low temperatures and a summer with normal hot and dry conditions.  The 2013 winter was exceptionally cold and dry and bud break was 10 days late followed by dry weather over the springtime. Finally March brought normal conditions, but the fall came with an April of low temperatures. The grape lost  its vegetal flavors early and was technically ready to make wine, but we had to wait for the aromatic and phenolic ripeness. The ripening went slow, because of the normal fall characteristics: lower temperatures, shorter days.

Wine Production

Our key points are 100% hand harvesting, strict fruit selection by 100% use of optical state of the art grape selection, Vistalys. All fermentations were made with wild yeast in stainless steel tanks. 

100% of the blend was aged for 12 months in a mix of new (23%), second (46%) and third use French oak barrels (31%). The wine was clarified and a very light filtration was done previous bottling. 

Tasting Notes

Color: Intense and deep red with violet edges. 

Nose: Aromas of red and black fruits such as sour cherry and berries along with spicy notes. 

Palate: Good fruit expression with soft tannins delivering an extra dose of elegance. 

Food Pairing

Decant for 30 minutes and serve between 16°C (65°F). Ideal companion for barbecue pork ribs, grissini with prosciutto and grana cheese. 

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Valle del Rapel
Training method:
Espalier
Exposure:
Various
Harvest time:
March - April
First vintage of this wine:
2010
Bottles produced of this wine:
109,920
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
2% Cabernet Franc, 28% Syrah, 23% Carménère, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot
Prefermentation technique:
Native yeast
Time on its skins:
Up to 4 weeks
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Fermentation temperature:
24- 28 ºC °F
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barrels
Age of aging container:
23% new , 46% second use , 31% third use
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
12

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