I recently wrote about Casa Silva‘s Quinta Generacion red blend and now I’ve had their white blend I can see what great producers they are. Chile is quickly becoming known as a premium wine producer and this white blend is yet another example of the great wines they are producing.
Casa Silva has been making wines for 5 generations and were pioneers in the concept of terroir in the valleys of Chile. The vineyards are situated in the Colchagua Valley which has been recognized as being a premium wine-producing region of Chile.
Each variety is individually fermented and aged before the final blend is made. Depending on the variety, they are either aged in oak, such as the Chardonnay, or steel vats, such as what they do with the Viognier. The winery has a tasting panel of five people, including three members of the family. If any one panellist rejects the wine then the wine is rejected and they move on to another blend.
Quinta Generacion is a limited edition wine and I had bottle number 5497.
Every year, there is a different blend. The 2009 is made up of 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Chardonnay, 25% Viognier and 15% Sauvignon Gris. This is a rich and opulent blend, with plenty of ripe tropical fruits on the nose and palate. There is a suble toasty note to the wine but it’s not overblown. Ripe peach and apricot flavours showing up at the back of my palate along with a nice dash of acidity.
I enjoyed this wine but found it was better as an aperitif or something to drink around the lounge with a few friends. This is a wine for New World aficionados, rich and rounded with loads of fruit on the palate.
Quinta Generacion is available in the UK from fine wine merchants, such as Harrods and Darwin Fine Wines for about £15.