Casa Silva is located in one of the best wine growing regions of Chile, the Colchagua Valley in centre of this long and thin country. The vineyards were founded in 1892 by Emile Bouchon, a Bordelais who dreamed of producing quality wines from the valleys of Chile.
At one time, the winery was one of the most famous in Chile and produced some of the best wines of the country; but time and passes and eventually the winery was divided up amongst various family members with only a small part of the land still being worked by the 4th generation, Mario Silva Cifuentes.
Mario Silva bought back the sold-off land and old cellar and began to rebuild the brand.
In 1997 his son, Mario Silva, persuaded his father to focus on the premium wines his family was making and sell them under the family name.
And that’s where we get Quinta Generación which translates as 5th Generation. The Quinta Generación is a Bordeaux-style blend of 45% Carmenere, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah and 10% Petit Verdot.
The 2008 Quinta Generación is a sumptuous, opulent wine; it was a big hit around my dinner table. I thought it might be a bit to fruity and alcoholic but it was an excellently balanced wine, easily tumbling down and hitting my belly with a soft, warm punch. Soft, round tannins, fruit mid palate and a chocolatey finish; great on it’s own. We had it with grilled pork chops and mashed potatoes which went down a treat. I would also recommend it with game or venison.
The wine has quite a high alcohol level, 14.5% but it was not evident on the palate or nose of the wine and nobody guessed it had such a high alcohol level.
The Quinta Generación is available from many fine stockists and retails for £15.