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

£23.00 £19.00

This unoaked white wine, a ‘branco’, is produced principally from Sauvignon Blanc (83%) but is blended with a dash of Chardonnay (13%) and Viognier (4%).

The result is a medium-bodied wine, intriguingly textured, showing 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. Unusual & sophisticated, perhaps best enjoyed as a food wine.

Full tasting note to follow!

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

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 in southeast Brazil.

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, 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 more than 3 years old (at October 2020).