Guaspari Vale da Pedra Tinto 2017

£25.00

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 herbs. Medium to full bodied, this is a powerful and intense wine with a lovely lingering finish. Aged in new French barriques for 9 months.

See also Guaspari’s ‘Vista da Serra Syrah’, a similar wine but aged for longer in barrel and even more concentrated than the ‘Tinto’.

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 harvest would typically occur in the 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 June and July, and allowing the grapes to ripen more slowly before they reach maturity.