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Cono Sur Silencio Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo 2011

Red Wine from Chile
Rich, elegant Maipo cabernet with harmonising textures and layers of fruit that reveal themselves with each sip. A very special Chilean red for enjoying with good food and great company.
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Code: CE9021

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2026
  • 75cl
  • Cork, natural

Chile

The Spanish conquerors introduced vinifera vines to Chile, and with them the establishment of vineyards for winemaking, in the middle of the 16th century, and the area around the capital Santiago has a history of winemaking stretching back nearly four and a half centuries.
By the middle of the 19th century the Chilean wine industry was well established, but was making fairly rustic fare and it was a well-travelled local called Silvestre Ochagavia Echazzarreta who, in 1851, brought a French winemaker and a cargo of vine cuttings back from his travels to France and set a new era in motion.

Robust domestic consumption kept demand, and tax revenue, high in the 20th century until domestic drinkers turned away in the 1970s and 1980s and many vineyards were pulled during the unsettling political upheavals of the former decade. The return of democracy stimulated investment and growth and a forward thinking, export oriented industry pointed to a brighter future.

Quality begins, absolutely in the ...
The Spanish conquerors introduced vinifera vines to Chile, and with them the establishment of vineyards for winemaking, in the middle of the 16th century, and the area around the capital Santiago has a history of winemaking stretching back nearly four and a half centuries.
By the middle of the 19th century the Chilean wine industry was well established, but was making fairly rustic fare and it was a well-travelled local called Silvestre Ochagavia Echazzarreta who, in 1851, brought a French winemaker and a cargo of vine cuttings back from his travels to France and set a new era in motion.

Robust domestic consumption kept demand, and tax revenue, high in the 20th century until domestic drinkers turned away in the 1970s and 1980s and many vineyards were pulled during the unsettling political upheavals of the former decade. The return of democracy stimulated investment and growth and a forward thinking, export oriented industry pointed to a brighter future.

Quality begins, absolutely in the vineyard. In the last ten years Chile has begun to plant vineyards not just by matching variety and climate, which it has done very well up to now, but by mapping and analysing soils before planting. This new generation of soil-mapped vineyards planted in the last decade, with higher density, rootstocks and drip irrigation, or no irrigation, is now just starting to bear fruit and will revolutionise the quality of Chilean wines.

Chile became first known for its cheap cabernets and merlots made from high yields in the fertile, warm, flat, flood-irrigated Central Valley. However, Chile is no longer a cheap country to buy from. Its economy is based on copper. It is the world's largest producer. Booming demand from China has seen its currency, the peso, strengthen, much like the Australian dollar which has been buoyed by its mineral resources. Labour for the wine industry is becoming more expensive and scarcer as it has to compete with the highly profitable mining industry which can afford to pay more. Energy costs have risen rapidly. It is estimated that half the vineyard area of Chile, about 62,500ha, is less than 15 years old. It probably takes 8-20 years to pay back a vineyard, and about 30 for a bodega. In Spain one can buy lovely 60-year-old-vine garnacha from co-operatives in Calatayud or Navarra at very cheap prices. The capital costs of the vineyard and winery have long been absorbed and the old vines offer lovely quality too.

There are massive viticultural possibilities. This remarkable 3,000-mile-long country includes all the world's climates apart from sub-tropical and tropical. Grape varieties need different climates to prosper and Chile can accommodate them all.

Many of Chile's cheap wines came from the flat, fertile and warm Central Valley, ideal for ripening large crops of very good entry-level wines. Before the advent of drip irrigation only these flat vineyards were suitable for flood irrigation. However, these flat lands were also situated in a warm climate and had fertile soils. The availability of drip irrigation allowed the planting of the cooler and less fertile south facing slopes, and availability of rootstocks allowed a greater diversity of soils to be planted.

From Elqui in the north to Rapel in the middle of the country the rainfall increases from 90mm to 550mm. This lack of rainfall means Chile is free from most fungal diseases and has some of the healthiest grapes in the world. Water reserves from snow in the Andes, and the advent of drip irrigation (a vine needs about 700mm a year to survive) has allowed cool south-facing slopes, with less fertile soils, to be cultivated and yields controlled. From Maule down to Bío-Bío rainfall increases from 550 to 1,500mm and there are many unirrigated vineyards here.

As well as the north to south dynamic, there is also a huge temperature variation east to west. Dr Richard Smart, a viticulture guru, says that to combat global warming viticulturists should head to the mountains or to the coast. Chile has both. More vineyards are being planted in the Andes mountains up to 2,000m, where average temperature decreases by 0.6°C with every 100 metres of altitude. The coast, cooled by the 14°C Pacific Ocean, has spawned a remarkable recent growth in vineyards. First came Casablanca (1982), then Leyda (1998), swiftly followed by Limarí (2005), Elqui, Aconcagua and Rapel.
In between, the Central Valley and its offshoots like Apalta and Peumo are much warmer and are typically ideal for carmenère, and the southern Rhône varieties which are starting to appear, or for ripening large crops of cabernet and merlot to make cheaper wines.

If Chile has successfully understood the matching of climate with grape variety, what it did not do, until recently, other than by accident, was to match the climate and variety with the right soil. There has been a step change in the quality of vineyards planted in the last 10 years or so. Knowledge about the soil following scientific analysis, appropriate planting density, choice of rootstocks, excellent clonal and massale selections of grape varieties, ability to plant cooler and less fertile south-facing slopes with the advent of drip irrigation (flood irrigation can only cope with virtually flat land) have all conspired to revolutionise the quality of vineyards planted in the past decade or so.

For a more detailed examination of Chile and its regions please go to our How To Buy Chile section of our web site.
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Cono Sur

Cono Sur was founded in 1993 by the legendary Chilean label Concha y Toro, with the aim of producing premium, innovative, and environmentally respectful wines. Their production has skyrocketed in volume over the years as they have grown in popularity – there are very few companies in the world able to produce wine of such exceptional quality in these quantities.

The name Cono Sur refers to South America’s ‘southern cone’, the western edge of which is Chile. Cono Sur has selected the best and most expressive vineyards from the northernmost to the southernmost corners of Chile, so their wines could be said to capture the best aspects of this southern cone.

Cono Sur is focused on utilising as much of nature’s resources as possible and Chile is in fact surrounded by natural protection for its vineyards: mountains to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Atacama Desert to the north and glaciers to the south.

They are trying to minimise the use of chemicals, and some vineyards are organically farmed. Rolling back years of monoculture they frequently sow flowers between the vine rows to restore habitat for insects and their predators, introducing animals such as geese to control insects, to combat certain pests and diseases in a natural way.

This ancient ingenuity contrasts greatly with the cutting-edge technology present in their winery. Situated at Chimbarongo in the heart of the Colchagua Valley, it boasts temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks as well as temperature...
Cono Sur was founded in 1993 by the legendary Chilean label Concha y Toro, with the aim of producing premium, innovative, and environmentally respectful wines. Their production has skyrocketed in volume over the years as they have grown in popularity – there are very few companies in the world able to produce wine of such exceptional quality in these quantities.

The name Cono Sur refers to South America’s ‘southern cone’, the western edge of which is Chile. Cono Sur has selected the best and most expressive vineyards from the northernmost to the southernmost corners of Chile, so their wines could be said to capture the best aspects of this southern cone.

Cono Sur is focused on utilising as much of nature’s resources as possible and Chile is in fact surrounded by natural protection for its vineyards: mountains to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Atacama Desert to the north and glaciers to the south.

They are trying to minimise the use of chemicals, and some vineyards are organically farmed. Rolling back years of monoculture they frequently sow flowers between the vine rows to restore habitat for insects and their predators, introducing animals such as geese to control insects, to combat certain pests and diseases in a natural way.

This ancient ingenuity contrasts greatly with the cutting-edge technology present in their winery. Situated at Chimbarongo in the heart of the Colchagua Valley, it boasts temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks as well as temperature and humidity-controlled cellars, and was the first winery to attain a carbon neutral delivery status in 2007.

In fact, Cono Sur lays claim to a plethora of firsts: they were the first in Chile to produce and export viognier, the first to produce riesling and sparkling wine under the Bío-Bío denomination, the first Chilean producer to use synthetic corks in 1995, and in 2002 were the first to discover the benefits of using screwcap closures to retain the freshness in aromatic white varieties.

Another accolade, of which they are particularly proud, is the creation of Chile’s first ultra-premium pinot noir: Ocio, launched in 2003. The Spanish word ‘ocio’ loosely translates as leisure time, but Cono Sur explains it is in fact a concept deeply rooted in classical philosophy: it is the calm after the storm of the day, the soul’s chance to contemplate and to grow.

The wine blends new world character with Burgundian vinification; they make sure of this by consulting Burgundy’s Martin Prieur about vineyard management and terroir. The grapes are handled with care: as well as being hand-harvested and going through a selection table at the winery, they use the gentler foot-treading method for pressing, and age the wine for 14 months in new French oak.
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Chile Vintage 2011

Another cool year, though dry, with many whites recording lower-than-usual alcohol levels. Elegance and poise are often to be found and stylistically there are similarities to 2010. Pinot noir performed particularly well.
2011 vintage reviews

Decanter

Platinum Best In Category, Decanter World Wine Awards, Chilean Red Bordeaux Varietals over £15: Beautiful and precise nose of ripe raspberry and cassis complemented by herbnal hints, complex...
Platinum Best In Category, Decanter World Wine Awards, Chilean Red Bordeaux Varietals over £15: Beautiful and precise nose of ripe raspberry and cassis complemented by herbnal hints, complex violet notes and a light, lifted touch of rose. Delcious flavours of black olive nad damson jam with judicious oak and a saline hint. Fantastic purity of fruit - an iconic type of wine.
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Decanter

Super-ripe, packedwith cassis, dark berry fruits and spicy oak, but enough acidity, grainytannins and minerality to keep all this in check. Leafy notes of the finish addelegance. Still very young and will ...
Super-ripe, packedwith cassis, dark berry fruits and spicy oak, but enough acidity, grainytannins and minerality to keep all this in check. Leafy notes of the finish addelegance. Still very young and will benefit from cellaring.
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- Christelle Guibert

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