Thursday, 18 February 2016

Casa Silva Tasting – Thursday 17th February 2016

Last night we welcomed Johnny Bingham from Casa Silva wines into our cellars for a fantastic tasting of 11 wines from the current Casa Silva range, including a few that we’ve never stocked before!

Most importantly, we welcomed 47 guests into our cellars for a sold-out tasting in the first of our new style of supplier tastings (look out for the Chapoutier tasting on Wednesday March 16th). Everyone had a fantastic time and remarked about how knowledgeable Johnny was, how complex and interesting the wines were, and how delicious the food was.

We had bread and cheese from our good friends at the Arch House Deli to start, followed by a 2-course meal courtesy of McBaile catering. The first course of venison sausages and mash potato was matched with the Casa Silva Carmenere and Petit Verdot, and the second course of lamb tagine and cous cous went with the Casa Silva Microterroir 2006 and 2008.

It was the first time I’d tasted a traditional-method Chilean sparkling wine, and I was pleasantly surprised at how good the wine was. The wine was complex, with nutty and toasted bread aromas. On the palate there are distinctly citric notes, underpinned with a minerally intensity, well balanced, with great acidity and a long, soft finish. It was also the first time I had come across a late-harvest Chilean ‘sweetie’, a delicious blend of Semillon and Gewurztraminer, with lively aromas of orange and grapefruit, with a crisp acidity, very Moorish indeed!

Here is a list of the wines we tasted;

Casa Silva Fervor Brut Sparkling

Casa Silva Cool Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Casa Silva Cool Coast Pinot Noir 2014

Casa Silva Carmenere2014

Casa Silva Petit Verdot 2012

Casa Silva Microterroir 2006

Casa Silva Microterroir 2008

Casa Silva Altura 2007

Casa Silva Altura 2003

Casa Silva Late Harvest Semillon / Gewurztraminer 2015

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