At the highest point of our Roblería vineyard in the Apalta Valley, a meeting between John Duval and Felipe Tosso gave birth to a unique blend of Carménère and Syrah. Two visions, just one spirit. In a process that delivers the best of each element.
Deep red with violet hues.
The nose reveals black fruit, such as blackberries, intermingled with gentle spices, such as black pepper, damp earth, notes of native forest and a hint of graphite and soft spices.
This wine has a firm structure and silky tannins. Its black fruit and spicy flavors, together with medium to high acidity lend it balance in the mouth and persistence in the finish.
2017 in Colchagua was a vintage that started fresh with moderate to warm temperatures. The grapes ripened quickly enabling an early harvest. The season was moderately warm, which allowed us to make fresh wines with medium acidity and moderate alcohol.
First, the grapes underwent a low-temperature pre-fermentative maceration to bring out the maximum colour and aromas. Then the must was fermented in small stainless steel tanks and also in open vats. The management of the tannins in this wine is very important.
The wine was aged for 22 months in 300-litre ultra-fine French oak barrels, 40% of them new and the rest second and third use. Then is was bottle aged for at least 14 months.
Tosso’s winemaking travels have taken him to Napa, Sonoma, Argentina, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, back to Concha Y Toro in Chile and then finally to Vina Ventisquero. In 2003, Felipe began a close collaboration with John Duval (ex Penfolds) in the production of icon wines Pangea and Vertice, a partnership that continues to this day.
Tim Atkin – 93 points
The legendary Australian winemaker John Duval produces this blend of Carmenère and 48% Syrah in partnership with Felipe Tosso. Aged in 35% new wood, it was picked a month early because of the hot vintage, but is still a ripe, plush, slightly figgy red with some bramble notes and supple tannins. 2022-27
James Suckling – 92 points
This has rich, bold, ripe dark berries and plums with a very juicy, fluid build of fruit flavors and tannins and a finale of spicy oak. Drink or hold.
Wine Advocate, Robert Parker – 90 points
Reviewed by Luis Gutierrez
The 2017 Vertice Apalta Vineyard is from a riper and more concentrated crop with lower yields and comes through as riper and rounder, with more fruit and concentration. There is more tannin and more power. Part of the wine now matures in oak foudres, and that is helping with the integration of the oak. 38,000 bottles produced.
|Cultivar||50% Carménère & 50% Syrah|
14.5% alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||10.9 units|
|Aging Potential||This wine can be enjoyed now, but it has the potential to be aged for at least 15 years.|
|Allergen Information||Contains sulphites|
This wine is superb paired with spicy food, such as Indian, Thai, Mexican and Spanish cuisine and other more complex dishes. It also goes well with semi-ripe cheese and strongly flavoured meat such as wild boar and venison.
La Roblería Vineyard, Colchagua Valley