Guaspari Vista da Serra Syrah 2017

£45.00

STOP PRESS!  This latest, 2017, vintage has just been awarded 95 points by Decanter and was featured on the magazine’s front cover (October 2020). We believe this is a ‘first’ for any Brazilian wine – a well deserved and significant endorsement not only of the Guaspari winery but of Brazilian wines in general.

Indeed, the Vista da Serra Syrah was also awarded 95 points by Decanter for its 2015 vintage, and 93 for the 2016, demonstrating that this is quite simply one of Brazil’s finest wines.

A 100% Syrah (Shiraz), showing a deep ruby colour, aromas of dried herbs, cloves and forest fruits come to the fore, while the palate is rich, concentrated and savoury. Full bodied, 14% Abv., this is a powerful, complex and exceptionally well balanced wine. Aged in new French barriques for 17 months, then rested in bottle for 9 months prior to release. Reminiscent of an Old World Syrah!

See below Decanter’s review (Oct 2020) of the 2017 vintage.

See also Guaspari’s Vale da Pedra Tinto, a Syrah in similar style but with less barrel ageing and a little less intensity than the ‘Vista da Serra’.

 

Description

Launched for the first time in the UK in November 2019, 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 July and August, and allowing the grapes to ripen more slowly before they reach maturity.