Why's this wine for you?

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 multiple near-perfect and perfect scores from James Suckling, the Chilean superstar Clos Apalta has pinned another medal to its chest. In doing som it has brought Apalta ever closer to the true 'icon' spotlight.

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 10 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.

RRP: $300.00
Now $220.00
per bottle


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The Brief
Alcohol
15.0%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2018
Cellar to
2046
Light Dark
Wine Scale 4
How's it taste?
Deep and inky purple red robe with dark blue edges. The nose is intense, spices overlap with layers of red and black fruit, and cedar notes. Elegant tannins open towards a mid-palate that combines finesse and concentration, round and fresh. Exceptionally long finish.
How was it made?
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. 
Critic Reviews
Expert Review
Expert Review
98 Points
James Suckling
So aromatic and fresh with dried flowers, sweet tobacco and hints of straw. Red fruit, cloves and green peppercorns. Medium-to full-bodied with fine tannins that are very fresh and refined. Fine, silky and beautiful. Hints of minerals and granite to the dark fruit. Such gorgeous length and beauty. 64% carmenere, 18% cabernet franc and 18% merlot. Extremely long and poised. Cooler wine. From biodynamically grown grapes. Delicious to drink already, but another three to four years will make it even better.
Expert Review
Expert Review
96 Points
Luis Gutierrez - Wine Advocate
There is a lot of Carmenere character on the nose of the 2018 Clos Apalta, which was produced with 64% Carmenere, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot, a blend that is similar to the one used in 2016. The wine is not shy at all and hits the scale at 15% alcohol. It's showy, heady, hedonistic, aromatic, full-bodied and lush with abundant velvety tannins and a long and powerful finish where the notes of black peppercorns and tea and tobacco leaves dominate.
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