Clos Apalta

Apalta is unique because it has an exceptional semi-arid meso-climate, different from the rest of Colchagua Valley. Coastal Mountains, which partially block the cold influence of the Pacific Ocean, keep the growing season days long and dry, while allowing for the nights to cool down just enough to make temperature a key quality factor for color and tannins in our wines. Slow maturation allows the grapes to reach their ideal maturity with high concentration and character, preserving the fruit and high levels of natural acidity, ensuring long ageing potential. Truly hand-crafted, Clos Apalta is hand-harvested at night, enhancing the fruit used to make wine, while also reducing energy use at the winery, since there is no need for additional cooling in the cellar.
Strict quality control continues at the winery with 100% hand de-stemming to ensure that only the freshest, cleanest and purest grapes are used to produce our wines. We gravity fill our French oak vats and then let nature do its work, allowing native yeasts to slowly ferment the must into wine. Gentle extraction methods, like manual punch downs, allow us to extract enough compounds from skins and seeds to get the desired structure and concentration during the 4-5 week maceration. We rack the young wine straight into 100% new French oak barrels, again by gravity. Malolactic fermentation happens in barrels, where the wine stays for 24 months, ageing patiently. The wine is finally bottled by gravity without any clarification or filtration in order to create natural wines that are true expressions of their origin.

Wine Notes
Dark and deep inky purple red.
Young, but opening toward ripe and expressive red fruit, such as plums, red cherries, and dry figs with notes of mocha and sweet spicy hints of vanilla and clover.
Concentrated in structure, a round, packed attack precedes a punch of velvety and polished tannins that fill the mid-palate; ripe and rich, long lasting finish.
Product Information
Grape Variety Used: 
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chile / Colchagua Valley
Length/Type of Fermentation: 
100% hand de-stemmed in the Clos Apalta Winery. Maceration lasted for approximately 4-5 weeks, with manual punch downs to extract enough compounds from the skins and seeds to get the desired structure and concentration.
Length/Type of Aging: 
100% of the blend aged in new French oak barrels for 24 months. Not fined, cold stabilized or filtered.
Bottled Date: 
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Release Date:
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Cases Produced: 
Packaging Available:
  • 6
    750 ML
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