Casa Silva 'Colleccion' Carmenere 2017
Colchagua - Chile
The wine's story
There was a time - and not all that long ago - that Chile was considered the home of cheap and cheerful red wines which were nothing much to write home about (but which did the trick for your neighbour’s barbecue)... and very little else. To say things have changed would be a massive understatement, and that change has been driven by the hard work, dedication, and passion put into the development of the country’s viticulture spearheaded by wineries like Casa Silva Coleccion. For decades, the winemakers, grape growers, and oenologists who make up the Casa Silva Coleccion team and network have invested huge amounts of time and money into understanding the Carmenere grape, its oddities, its unique qualities, and what would make it hit its full potential. That hard work and all that time certainly paid off, as this winery holds the record for being the biggest prize-winner in the world - and it all comes down to their work with that one iconic grape varietal.
The vintners of this winery work with carefully selected plots in the beautiful and dramatic Colchagua Valley, where some of the grapevines are almost a hundred years old. These heritage vines are given a huge amount of freedom to sprawl their way up and down the valley, and they produce fruit which really captures all the unique characteristics of the land. The relatively cool climate and long growing season result in gorgeously ripe and expressive grapes, which are then picked for quality and brought over to the winery to be processed. Casa Silva Coleccion uses a range of simple and traditional methods borrowed from the founders’ Italian forebears, as well as the kind of forward-looking equipment and impressive kit that the Chilean wine industry is known for. The results are frankly spectacular and demonstrate just why Chile and the Colchagua Valley has rocketed up to become one of the homes of the world’s best red wines today. There was a time - and not all that long ago - that Chile was considered the home of cheap and cheerful red wines which were nothing much to write home about (but which did the trick for your neigh... read more
This is classic Carmenere - bright violet in the glass, a lifted nose of sweet violets, fresh rose, dark juicy plums and a background of herbaceousness.
No surprise either - the winemaker at Casa Silva, Mario Geisse, is referred to in Chile as "the King of Carmenere". This avoids the trap of overt vegetal notes that the grape is often known for - nicely done!
Softly textured, with no hard edges, this is a supremely well-constructed example of the grape. There's flavours bracken, spice and a hint of tar. Not hugely oaky, but certainly there adding depth. A plush, pleasing, modern style that doesn’t have a great deal of tannin, but is certainly fleshy and pleasurable. This is classic Carmenere - bright violet in the glass, a lifted nose of sweet violets, fresh rose, dark juicy plums and a background of herbaceousness.
No surprise either - the winemaker at Casa Si... read more
Carmenere has proven itself to be a real Latin American wonder in recent years, and it’s been genuinely exciting to see the quality of this brilliant grape rise and rise and rise. This fantastic example of a bold red wine from Casa Coleccion is a top food pairing number and is going to go especially well with any red meat which has a nice bit of smoke or char to it. Lamb and beef are the natural go-to ingredients for this wine, but we’d argue that it works best with dishes which feature smoky bacon, and dark greens like kale or spring greens. It’s also a great wine for pairing with seared tuna, too, so long as you keep the meat on the rare side. Carmenere has proven itself to be a real Latin American wonder in recent years, and it’s been genuinely exciting to see the quality of this brilliant grape rise and rise and rise. This fantastic ex... read more
Cellar Period: 3-5 years - This will improve over the next few years, but don't be afraid to open it today!
Alcohol Level: 13.50%