Guaspari Vale da Pedra Branco 2017 (Sauv B/Chard/Viognier)

£23.00

Produced in the highlands of São Paulo state, this an unusual but superbly made three grape white blend, comprising mainly Sauvignon Blanc (83%), with a dash of Chardonnay (13%) and Viognier (4%).

Perhaps best enjoyed as a ‘gastronomic wine’ – see tasting note below – this is a fresh, subtly flavoured and gently textured white.

The artist-designed bottle label is also impressive, featuring a rock formation from within the Guaspari vineyard..

Description

Medium-bodied and intriguingly textured, the wine shows citrus, grassiness and even green (unripe) coffee 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 and a long finish.

Serve with cold plates, salads, seafood, white fish, chicken or turkey.

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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 in southeast Brazil.

Despite the vineyard’s high altitude (900-1300m), 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, second pruning of the vines takes place, thus delaying the harvest until the cooler and drier winter months of July/August, and allowing the grapes to ripen more slowly before reaching maturity. This 2017 vintage is therefore a little over 3½ years old (at March 2021).

If you like this, try our 100% Viognier or lightly oaked Reserva Chardonnay