Guaspari Vale da Pedra Shiraz 2017

£25.00

A superb quality 100% Syrah (Shiraz), awarded a Silver Medal in the Decanter 2019 World Wine Awards, made by a young winery in the highlands of São Paulo state. 

Stylistically reminiscent of a Northern Rhône red, it’s packed full of herbs and intense dark savoury-sweet fruit, and has a very long finish. See below for our and wine critic Tom Cannavan’s tasting notes.

Will appeal to lovers of big, ‘meaty’ reds and best enjoyed with steaks, roast beef or lamb, BBQ fare and well spiced dishes.

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

Description

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.

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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.

Despite the vineyard’s high altitude (900-1300m), 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 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