Viña Garces Silva San Antonio
The first vintage here was as recent as 2003 and the quality being obtained from cool, coastal Leyda vineyards to the seaward side of the coastal mountains is impressively fine. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are produced from vineyards planted in well-drained clay/loam soils. Gewürztraminer has also now been planted and should have much potential. Output is very small by Chilean standards and there are a total of just over 70 ha under vine and only a third of the harvest goes into the Amayna wines. They are rich and viscous with sufficiently fresh acidity to provide balance despite alcohol levels upwards of 14%. Chardonnay is barrel-fermented and offers a weight and texture on the palate more reminiscent of a top example from California’s Sta. Rita Hills than Chile. Regular Sauvignon Blanc is vinified in inox, the Barrel Fermented bottling carries good varietal green fruit but with concentration and a rich texture along with exotic tropical notes as well. The wines should be enjoyed fairly young. A Syrah has also now been added to the line-up. (DM)
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