Clos Apalta, today, is considered today as one of the best wine in the world, largely acclaimed by wine critics and journalists. To date, this is the only South American wine to have been elected “Wine of the Year” by the American magazine, Wine Spectator, in its famous Annual Top 100. It was with vintage 2005. It’s also the only wine in Southern Hemisphere, with Penfold’s Grange, to obtain this ranking. Clos Apalta is also the only wine IN THE WORLD to be 5 times in the Top 100 Wine Spectator, including 3 times in the TOP 3 in 10 years (2000-2010)
Color: Dark and deep inky purple red color.
Nose: Complex nose opening towards ripe and expressive red and black fruit, such as plums, red cherries, dry figs and blueberries. Spices such as vanilla, clover and black pepper.
Palate: With a concentrated structure, this wine has a round attack followed by velvety and polished tannins filling the mid palate and a ripe and rich long lasting finish.
Service and Food Pairing: Open and leave to breathe for a couple of hours or carefully decant for minimum 1 hour and enjoy at 17ºC (64°F). Ideal companion for game, lamb, and entrecote fillet. Also good with rich bitter cocoa chocolate desserts.
Grapes：71% Carmenère, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot
Certificate: CERES - Organic, DEMETER - Biodynamic
VINTAGE CONDITIONS in 2011
Winter 2010 brought a cold july and delayed the bud break by approximately 10 days, and that delay was maintained during spring. Summer was colder than normal with limited sunlight and december and january brought some rainfall which was unusual but beneficial for the vineyard after the dry winter and spring conditions.
The cloudy summer resulted in decreased lightening, so maturity came at regular but slow pace and we didn’t have the excess of sun that can occur sometimes.
February was, on the contrary, hot and sunny as usual. Fall brought threatening clouds so it was very important to harvest fast, considering the risk of rain.