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 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 recently by leading Glasgow-based wine critic, Tom Cannavan, and was 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