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Guaspari Vale da Pedra Branco 2017 (Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay/Viognier)

£24.00 £21.00

This unoaked ‘branco’, or white wine, is made mainly from Sauvignon Blanc grapes (83%) with a dash of both Chardonnay (13%) and Viognier (4%). The result is a medium-bodied wine, intriguingly textured and showing tangy citric and grassy aromas. Ripe stonefruit and other, more tropical flavours dominate on a dry palate. Acidity is appropriately high, while a lean, mineral note makes for real freshness. Unusual & sophisticated, perhaps best enjoyed as a food wine.

Full tasting note to follow!

Description

Launching for the first time in the UK, Guaspari is a young, multi award-winning winery located on the site of an old coffee plantation in the highlands of São Paulo state.

Despite the vineyard’s high altitude (900-1200m), it is usually too hot and/or wet to harvest during February or March, the months when the grape harvest would typically occur in the much more southerly Serra Gaúcha hills.

To avoid this scenario, an additional pruning of the vines takes place, thus delaying the harvest until the cooler and drier winter months of July and August, and allowing the grapes to ripen more slowly before reaching maturity. Our current 2017 vintage of this wine is therefore a little over 2½ years old (at May 2020).