Wines of Chile
Apaltagua Winery, owned by the Tutunjian family, specializes in small production, appellation‐based wines from Chile. Apaltagua’s 70‐year‐old vineyards are located throughout Chile. The winery is located in the prestigious Apalta region of the Colchagua Valley, renowned for producing quality red wines, including Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Apaltagua wines are crafted by winemaker Pablo Barros and consulting winemaker Alvaro Espinoza, one of the country’s foremost winemakers and the pioneer of biodynamic grape farming in Chile.
Produced from selected vineyards in Casablancas Valley, recognized as Chile’s first official “cool climate valley.” The valley's strong Pacific maritime influence makes it for the ideal production of white wine grapes. This unoaked wine has a golden color, with bright aromatics of tropical fruit, such as passion fruit and pineapple. In the mouth it is fresh, with a hint of minerality and a finish that is delicate but elegant, and leaves a persistent note of citrus at the end with notes of lime and vanilla in the mouth. Crisp, dry and refreshing.
Reserva Rose of Carmenere
From Apaltagua's vineyards in located in the Maule Valley and produced in the Provencal-style, aiming for delicate fruitiness and freshness. Rose petal-colored, clear, brilliant and clean, this rosé, a blend of 85% Carmenere and 15% Syrah, has perfumed aromas of tart red fruit, such as raspberry and cranberry. With rosey floral notes, hints of citrus, light balsamic and subtle spice. In the mouth it is fresh and dry, with a medium body and a long finish. A favorite amongst the De Nux team!
Reserva Pinot Noir
The grapes in the Reserva Pinot Noir come from Apaltagua's own vineyard, called Manantiales, in the sector of El Turco in the San Antonio Valley, a place with extraordinary natural conditions required for the growth of grapevines. This full-bodied Pinot Noir is made in a New World-style and possesses a clean, brilliant, ruby red color and emphasizes aromas of cherries and raspberries, well combined with soft notes of oak. In the mouth, it boasts smooth and elegant tannins followed by a sophisticated finish. A lengthy, spicy finish gives the wine a classic South American character.
Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
The Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Apaltagua's 60-hectare vineyard in Apalta, located in the Colchagua Valley, a region often referred to as the Napa of Chile. Colchagua Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is known for it's freshness, red fruit flavor, and spicy flavor. This Cabernet Sauvignon is sophisticated and elegant, with aromatics of strawberry and cherry. In the mouth, it possesses a delicate, velvet, full-bodied taste, and has a generous lingering finish of vanilla and barrel spice. Like the other wines from Apaltagua, the Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is remarkably food friendly and a fantastic value.
Costero Sparkling Wine
This Champagne-style wine is produced from a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes come from a vineyard situated in the Coastal Mountain Range, at an altitude of 200 meters above sea level. The wines obtained from this coastal area achieve excellent results due to the cool climate and evolved soils, which have a clay-sand character, with granite stones and calcareous deposits. After blending and tirage is added, secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle of 9 months, yielding an Extra Brut style. Pale gold in color, with fine bubbles, this wine is a unique take on the Champagne-style. On the nose it is clean with marked notes of white fruits, such as green and yellow apples, with the freshness of the Sauvignon Blanc clearly cutting through the blend. Clear notes of crusty bread and hazelnuts mix with a delicate hint of buttery aromas. In the mouth it is creamy, where the subtle flavors of white fruit repeat and blend with a nutty hint, and finish with a fresh and persistent end.