jamie goode's wine blog: Chile's Cloudy Bay? Sauvignon from coastal Colchagua

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Chile's Cloudy Bay? Sauvignon from coastal Colchagua

So you've got your head round the new Chilean cool-climate regions: Leyda, San Antonio, Elqui, Limari. Here's another for you - coastal Colchagua. And this Sauvignon Blanc is the first wine to be released from this new region, in vineyards recently planted at Paredones, just six kilometres from the sea.

It's a startling wine, with amazing freshness and precision. It's fully ripe (the flavour signature isn't methoxypyrazine), but it's stunningly pure and intense. Could this be Chile's 'Cloudy Bay'? A Sauvignon so distinctive and arresting that it becomes a bit of an icon?

Casa Silva 'Cool Coast' Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Colchagua, Chile
13.5% alcohol. Aromatic, fresh, pure, linear nose showing grapefruit and mineral characters. Almost alarmingly pure and transparent, with a hint of saline. The palate is intense and precise, with high acidity and dense grapefruit and lemon character, as well as some brine notes and piercing minerality. It's incredibly fresh yet shows no rough edges, avoiding austerity yet not tending towards fatness or blowsiness at all. I love it. 92/100 (£12.95 Averys)

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At 1:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So how does this compare to Dog's Point which can be purchased for the same or even a bit less from Erik The Vineking?

At 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've just checked Avery's and they are out of stock of this wine.

At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Liz Caskey said...

Great write up.

Yes, love this wine too. It is very exciting that vintners are exploring this area in Chile. Casa Silva was already pushing the Colchagua envelope several years ago too with its coastal Viognier from the Lolol area.

The trend seems to be heading south for Freshness. Winemakers like Alfredo Hurtado from Cono Sur are also doing this with sparkling. Hurrah!

At 2:05 AM, Blogger The Wine Mule said...

Whoa! I'm still catching up on the Maycas SB from the Limarķ Valley. I did taste some Leyda Valley SBs earlier this year, from Montes and also from Santa Ema, and as much as I love Sancerre, I have to say these guys are making some amazing wines.

At 2:14 AM, Blogger Claude Vaillancourt said...

Casa Silva is really breaking new grounds in Chile. On top of this new coastal vineyard, with a Pinot Noir to follow next year. They made a very bold move in planting the southernmost vineyard in Chile two years ago in Lago Ranco.

Up to now in Chile, Vina Aquitania's vineyard in Traiguen, where they are making the great Sol de Sol, Chardonnay, was considered to be the southernmost vineyard in the country. But Casa Silva planted a vineyard two years ago in Lago Ranco, 250 km further to the south. The first wines are expected in 2010. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were planted. This is really a huge move by this very serious and quality oriented producer. After the coastal move of the last decade. Is it the begining of a real southern move in Chile? It will be interesting to follow



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