Guaspari Vista da Serra Syrah 2017

£45.00

Awarded 95 points by Decanter for its 2015 vintage, and 93 for the 2016, 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 also Guaspari’s Vale da Pedra Tinto, a Syrah in similar style but with less barrel ageing and slightly less intense than the ‘Vista da Serra’.

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 July and August, and allowing the grapes to ripen more slowly before they reach maturity.