Chile

Casa Silva Cool Coast Sauvignon Blanc

The Chilean wine producer Casa Silva have long been involved in the game of
Posted 05th September 2012        
     

Posted in Tags:    

The Chilean wine producer Casa Silva have long been involved in the game of polo. In Chile and Argentina, it’s not a game for the posh but a game that came from the long days of sitting in the saddle and working in the great outdoors.

I mention polo because I was at a lunch the other day with Casa Silva which featured a big polo match. The game was in the “wilds” of the Cotswolds and the wines were all from Casa Silva. Mario Pablo Silva currently heads the winery and his son is on the Chilean national polo team. Hence the reason we were at the polo match. A chance for Mario Pablo and his family to indulge their passion for polo as well as show off their wines.

Mario Pablo is actively involved in the production of the wine and he can tell you all you want to know about the history and current production. During lunch we were served a variety of their wines but the one that really stood out for me was their newest Sauvignon Blanc, the Cool Coast 2011.

The Cool Coast gets it name from the site of its vineyard in Paredones. Paredones is the newest cool climate region to be found by the Chileans and is the name of a town located between the famous premium producing region Apalta region and the Pacific coast. The area is heavily influenced by the cooling breezes of the Pacific. This is very evident in the sauvignon blanc which while being very dry and with a firm, mineral-driven palate still shows pineapple and citrus fruits. A lean and elegant wine, I found it hard to believe it was from Chile. Most Chilean sauvignon blancs have an exotic fruit note to them and can be quite round but this one was nothing of the sort.

An excellent example of the exciting wine making that is coming out of Chile. I expect we will be seeing more wines like this from Casa Silva and other Chilean producers in the future.

Cool Coast is available from Wine Rack and retails for around £13.99

     

Comments are closed.

Meet the Author:
Denise Medrano
I'm an American ex-pat who is fascinated by wine. Previous to my arrival in London, I had done a sommelier course in Buenos Aires, Argentina so I knew I wanted to be in the wine trade but where to start? I started where so many people in the UK wine trade start, Oddbins. I was fortunate in that Oddbins back then had a great wine education partnership with the Wine and Spirit Educational Trust and I was able take the WSET courses. I currently have the WSET Advanced Certificate as well as holding a UK personal alcohol license. Another advantage to working at Oddbins was that I had access to all the wine trade shows. Imagine, being able to go and try as many wines as you could in one day! Whew! I have to admit, I didn't do much spitting back then and the next day, I was wishing I had at least taken better notes. I started looking around on the web for blogs that covered the London wine scene and found there were none. Well, none that appealed to me. None that were a mix of trade and consumer views and opinions. And none that really talked about what a great centre of wine this fabulous city of London is. So I rolled up my sleeves, bought a domain name and the rest, as they say, is The Winesleuth history. The Winesleuth Website - Follow The Winesleuth on Twitter