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2015 Clos Apalta

2015 Clos Apalta

'Incredible character here with such purity and polish. It goes on for minutes. Formed, sculptured yet soulful. A monumental wine for Chile. Unbelievable.'  100 Points - James Suckling

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  • PRE-ARRIVAL OFFER. Wine is shipped ex-France, direct from the Clos Apalta's owners negociant business. Anticipated delivery time is June 2019.

    Original Wooden Boxes for any order in 6 bottle lots.

    'A Chilean wine from Colchagua Valley, Clos Apalta Valle de Apalta may be lesser known — in comparison to Bordeaux’s Château Lafite Rothschild, Tuscany’s Sassicaia or California’s Opus One — but it has been awarded perfect 100 points for both the 2014 and 2015 vintages. In hindsight, there’s no doubt that Clos Apalta is one of the world’s greatest red wines. Expressive and complex in flavor, both vintages are blessed with the balance and precision essential for 100 points.'

    James Suckling

    We often hear the expression ‘Icon wine’ thrown around, either in the context of something new and expensive or at the insistence of the winery itself. However, in our view wines cannot just be ‘made’ as icons, they have to be awarded as such. After all, it takes many years of dedication and experience, supported by consistent high-level recognition, to make a wine into an icon.

    With the presentation of 100 points from James Suckling in his recent ‘Top 100 Wines of the Andes’ report, the Chilean superstar Clos Apalta has pinned another medal to its chest  and in doing so has brought it ever closer to the true ‘icon’ spotlight. It was only last year that the 2014 was awarded 100 points, and yet the 2015 has come along, and in the words of Suckling, has proven to be the better wine, but where do you go from 100 points?

    Impressive as this accolade is, it is not the only breakthrough moment: Clos Apalta has been one of the most decorated wines from anywhere in the world over the past decade:

    · Featured seven times in the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list, including the 2005 vintage which was given the #1 spot, and top billing.
    · It has been in the Top 3 of the Wine Spectator list three times and is the only South American winery to have topped the list.
    · The only other wine from the Southern Hemisphere to have reached the number is Penfolds Grange.
    · Consistently rated by Decanter Magazine, Wine Enthusiast and James Suckling as one of the great wines of the world.
    · Forbes Magazine declared Clos Apalta to be the 'creme de la creme' of Carmenere found anywhere in the world

    If you’ve not looked closely at the best wines of Chile before, then now is the time to start. Not only does Clos Apalta represent the best of Chile, but it also shows what a majority Carmenere wine can achieve.

    Clos Apalta is the flagship wine of the Marnier-Lapostolle family, owners of Grand Marnier and Chateau de Sancerre in France, and since its debut vintage in 1997 has gone from strength to strength. Many of the vines are ungrafted thanks to the estate’s geographical protection from the phyloxerra louse, with the average vine age now pushing 100 years-old. In addition, Bordelais techniques including high density planting combine with organic and biodynamic vineyard treatment and the natural benefits of the region – warm days, cool nights, plenty of natural irrigation – to create a wine of power, poise and polish.

    These days, Clos Apalta is treated not unlike the great estates of Bordeaux. The vineyard itself, accounting for only 2% of the entire Lapostolle production, is a glorious bio-dynamic haven where foxes duck beneath trees, flowers and foliage line the vineyards and the snow-capped Andes tower over the vast estate, cocooning the natural north-south facing amphitheatre, ensuring the grapes ripen both evenly and slowly.

    The winemaking is ably assisted by flying-vigneron Michel Rolland, and the wine is traditionally sold and marketed in France itself. Given it's pedigree and the recent achievements of Clos Apalta, it has also found itself a willing participant in the annual Bordeaux en primeur offering, meaning allocations are getting tight, and the price is shooting off into the stratosphere.

    We are proud to offer the 2015 Clos Apalta for the first-ever time in Australia.


    Clos Apalta is a single vineyard wine made with grapes sourced only from the Apalta vineyard. The vineyard is located at 170 kms South West from Santiago in the Colchagua Valley. It is situated on a North to South exposure, which is quite rare in Chile. The geographic conditions and micro-climate (semi-dry Mediterranean) ensures a slow maturation which 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 soils are colluvial granitic soils, lightly textured with layers of clay. Certified as an organic and biodynamic wine. Organically certified vineyards by CERES (Germany). Biodynamic certified vineyards by DEMETER (Germany).

    Vineyard name: Condor de Apalta
    Soil composition: Colluvial granitic soils, lightly textured with layers of clay.
    Training method: Espalier
    Exposure: Northern
    Year vineyard planted: 1920
    Average Vine Age: 90
    First vintage of this wine: 1997
    Bottles produced of this wine: 62,388
    Certified eco-friendly practices: Biodynamic-Demeter
    Certified vineyards: Ceres
    Certifying organizations: Demeter

    Varietal composition: 46% Carménère, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
    Prefermentation technique: 100% native yeast
    Fermentation container: French oak vats
    Fermentation temperature: Lower than 28ºC °F
    Maceration technique: Manual punch downs to extract compounds
    Fining agent: Not fined, cold stabilized or filtered.
    Type of aging container: Barrels
    Size of aging container: 225 L
    Age of aging container: New
    Type of oak: French
    Length of aging before bottling: 26 months

    Vintage - 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 into0.5°C more than the 2014 period. Spring 2014 had moderate temperatures allowing good budbreak 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.


    A complex nose opening towards ripe black fruit such as cassis, blackberry and fig, along with nuts, cinnamon and liquorice notes. On the palette, it has an intense creamy attack with black fruit flavors and long lasting velvety tannins with an intense and elegant finish


    '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. A blend of 46% carmenere, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot and 5% cabernet franc. Made from biodynamically grown grapes. Better in 2022.'
    100 Points - James Suckling

    'Despite the warm and dry character of the year, I find the 2015 Clos Apalta, a blend of 57% Carménère, 26% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, to be less marked by the Carménère and with more integrated oak and better freshness. There is more Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It's spicy and herbal while ripe and powerful, full-bodied and with plenty of dusty tannins. It has a strong personality, and I find more balance here. 73,452 bottles produced.'
    95 Points - Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    Intense aromas of baked earth, liquorice, spice, cassis and blueberry. Tightly wound, rich palate which is sleek, polished and shows fine-grained tannins. This opulent and dense wine has polished oaking and a focused finish.'
    95 Points - Decanter

    'Rich and refined, with livel spice and white pepper accents to the mouthwatering flavours of blackberry, currant and dark plum. Dark chocolate and cardamom notes emerge midpalate, showing a creamy texture. Minerally details grace the vibrant finish. Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now to 2025.'
    95 Points - Wine Spectator

    'South American wines aren’t necessarily the cheapest, but ounce per ounce they often offer arguably the best quality for your buck out of any region in the world.'
    James Suckling

    'A blend of 42 percent Carmenère, 28 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 26 percent Merlot and 4 percent Petit Verdot, the 2005 Clos Apalta offers gorgeous aromas of warm ganache and mocha, followed by a rich and velvety palate loaded with currant, fig paste, black licorice, cassis bush and bramble notes. The long, juicy finish has great grip and density, with echoes of graphite, dark fruit and mineral that should reward cellaring over the next decade. The wine's price has remained relatively modest through the years, considering the investment behind it, and particularly so in comparsion to prices for benchmark wines from regions such as Bordeaux, Napa Valley and Tuscany.'
    Wine Spectator Magazine

    'Using old-vine carmenère as a blending grape rather than a featured variety, Clos Apalta has produced some of the greatest red wines in Chile.'
    Wine & Spirits Magazine