Wonder of Wine tests Tannats, Malbec & Chardonnay


Go Brazil was delighted to have been contacted at the end of 2018 by Dawn Griffiths, a leading blogger and wine-food matching specialist, whose ‘Wonder of Wine’ website attracts tens of thousands of visitors every month.

Over several months Dawn has been sampling a selection of Go Brazil’s wines and, with an Easter holiday coinciding fortuitously with the warmest weekend of the year, she cracked open the most recent bottle – our Don Guerino ‘Vintage’ Malbec 2017.

We were naturally delighted to hear, via Twitter, when she pronounced this her ‘favourite Malbec’, having paired it first with a barbecued steak and then on the following day with a platter of cheese, olives and falafel.

Read Dawn’s comments on the ‘Vintage’ Malbec 2017: Don Guerino Vintage Malbec 2017

A month earlier Dawn tried our unoaked Campos de Cima ‘Três Bocas’ 2016 – appropriately a three grape red blend from this very small (15 htr.) family-run winery in the extreme southwest of Brazil. The three grapes are Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Ruby Cabernet ( itself a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan ).

Read Dawn’s review of the Três Bocas here: Campos de Cima Tres Bocas 2016

Prior to this, sampled back in January 2019, was our Don Guerino Reserva Chardonnay 2018. This ubiquitous grape variety has enjoyed something of a resurgence in the last few years, following a period in the wilderness when many examples suffered from over-oaking and the ABC (‘Anything but Chardonnay’! ) movement was at its strongest.

Serving this wine with Spaghetti Carbonara – not so odd given Don Guerino’s Italian heritage – we learn again how a wine evolves in the glass, in this case how the aromas and flavours straight from the fridge change significantly once the bottle has been open a while and reaches ambient temperature. Dawn describes the wine variously as having ‘subtle pineapple and lychee on the nose..with a satisfying weight and depth..delicious without food’; also, ‘elegant and sophisticated..nuances of mango..an absolute pleasure to drink’!

Read the full article here: Don Guerino Reserva Chardonnay 2018

The fourth wine on test was our Pizzato Reserva Tannat 2012, in this case paired very successfully with a ribeye steak towards the end of last year. Describing the wine as ‘excellent value’, it was interesting to learn how Dawn kept the bottle open for three days, noting its development over the period.

Tannat may be a new grape to many but it grows particularly well in the south of Brazil, and may well be of interest to those who like their reds bold, complex and oaked.

See Dawn’s full article here: Pizzato Reserva Tannat 2012

More great info and reviews on Dawn’s website: www.wonderofwine.com

For tasting notes and/or to purchase the above wines please click here:

Pizzato Reserva Tannat 2012 

Don Guerino Reserva Chardonnay 2018

Campos de Cima Tres Bocas 2016

Don Guerino Vintage Malbec 2017

Photo Credit: Bournemouth Echo