Tasted blind we were way off the mark, bowled over by this South American beauty. Served blind by our buyer Junior Viana MW, little did we realise he’d had thrown us a classic Brazilian curveball!
Close your eyes and you’ll swear this is a fine cedary St Emilion, a Pomerol even. Made under the guidance of Bordeaux guru Michel Rolland in the best winemaking area of Brazil, this is 2005 is maturing nicely but still has a good life ahead of it. The only snag is there are less than 7 cases available, so grab it while you can!
£263.88 exVAT per case of 12 bottles – equivalent to £21.99 each ex VAT
Dark red, with some development at the rim
Initially there are hints of red and black fruits mingled with coffee predominate but develops cedary complexity in the glass.
Firm, dense fruit and good structure, evolving to show plummy fruit with complex hints of wood and spiced fruit. The finish is long and shows savoury fine grained tannins suggesting there’s still some ageing potential. 14% alcohol 100% Merlot
Offered while stocks last
The Merlot grapes are hand picked from vines planted at 600 metres above sea level, the altitude means cooler growing conditions which in turn promotes elegance and freshness in the finished wine. Extended contact with the grape skins during and after fermentation promotes deep colour and fine tannins. The wine was finished in new oak barrels for 12 months, then aged in bottle.
Brazil has a number of high quality wine producers, many long established such as the Miolo family winery which has 450 hectares planted within the Vale dos Vinhedos – located in the southernmost state of Brazil, which benefits from a very continental climate.
Vale dos Vinhedos is considered as the best wine growing region in Brazil, and the first and only region with European style certification of geographical indication. Within this lies the sub regions of Fronteira/Campanha, one of the newer wine regions, located in the Pampas lands that border Uruguay to the south of Rio Grande do Sul. Vineyards are planted at 500-700 metres above the sea level on clay and sand soil over basalt.
The family produce a number of wines, including ‘Lote 43’ which is a classic claret blend of 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, a more structured Médoc style than the Terroir Merlot. Both these premium wines are bottled unfiltered.
Delivery – Orders over £250 delivered free, we charge £15 for orders below this value. Surcharges apply for Highlands, Islands and other areas.