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Guaspari Vale da Pedra Tinto 2017

£25.00 £23.00

Awarded a Silver Medal in the Decanter 2019 World Wine Awards, this ‘tinto’ – red wine – is produced entirely from Syrah (Shiraz) grapes. A deep ruby colour, on the nose it shows a spiciness typical of the varietal, together with a concentration of red fruits and a floral perfume of rosemary and dried herbs. Medium to full bodied, this is a powerful and intense wine with a lovely lingering finish. Aged in used French barriques for 8-9 months, then rested in bottle for min. 12 months prior to release.

Full tasting note to follow but read wine critic Tom Cannavan’s review below. 

See also Guaspari’s Vista da Serra Syrah, a similar wine but aged for longer in barrel and more concentrated and heavier than the ‘Tinto’: featured on the front cover of Decanter in October 2020 and awarded 95 points!

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 pick grapes during February or March, the months when the harvest would typically occur in the more southerly Serra Gaúcha hills.

To avoid this scenario, an additional, second pruning of the vines takes place, so delaying the harvest until the cooler and drier winter months of July and August, and allowing the grapes to ripen more slowly before they reach maturity.

The Guaspari Vale da Pedra 2017 is a 100% varietal Syrah (Shiraz). Stylistically it is reminiscent of a Northern Rhône red, packed full of herbs and intense dark savoury-sweet fruit, and with a very long finish.

The wine was reviewed by leading Glasgow-based critic, Tom Cannavan, and selected as his ‘Wine of the Week’ (w/c 16/03/20). Read his tasting note here: Guaspari VdP Syrah

See also Tom’s YouTube clip here: : https://youtu.be/a6Z56qAHaUs