jamie goode's wine blog: Wines from Brazil

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Wines from Brazil

Two Brazilian wines. Brazil grew its wine production by a quarter in 2007 and is now the fifth largest producer of wine in the southern hemisphere. With 88 000 hectares under vine and a production more than a third of Chileís, this is clearly a serious industry, but one thatís virtually unknown in the UK. [More information can be found on the useful http://www.winesfrombrazil.com/ website.] The first of these wines was world class, the second pretty good Ė and Iíll certainly be keeping an eye out for more Brazilian wines in the future.

Miolo RAR Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2004 Campos de Cima da Serra, Brazil
From one of the coolest regions in Brazil, at over 1000 metres altitude. Refined, sophisticated nose showing fresh red and black fruits with some classy oak. Ripe but with an attractive minerally edge. The palate shows focused dark fruits with lovely spicy structure. Surprisingly Bordeaux like, although this is closest to cool climate New World in style. Really well balanced and a serious effort. 90/100

Lidio Carraro Merlot Grande Vindimia 2004 Encruzilhada do Sul, Brazil
This wine has a warm, spicy, earthy nose thatís not unattractive, but which is quite old fashioned. The palate has some ripe fruit, but itís largely driven by warm spicy notes, together with a subtle medicinal/earthy character. Finishes quite dry. An appealing if slightly rustic wine. 85/100

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7 Comments:

At 12:54 AM, Anonymous steve said...

What? You never tried a bottle of Rio Sol from Waitrose? Probably the only wine ever named after not one but two England central defenders (a cunning Brazilian joke maybe- perhaps the French version is called Leboeuf Blanc), it was awful.

 
At 1:27 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Considering it was made from a vineyard just 9 degrees from the equator and which yielded several harvests each year, I thought Rio Sol was actually quite good!

 
At 8:38 PM, Blogger Belcarnen said...

From the "New World" wines I prefer Brasil, itreminds me more the classic European style with bit of "exotic touch". Fortunately it's quite easy to get very interesting ones from Miolo, Lidio Carraro, Don Laurindo or Casa Valduga here in Czech Republic. I had RAR 2002 just couple of days ago and it's indeed very "Bordeaux-like", with hints of animal tones and fresh herbs. Kind of rustic in taste, but definitely not fruit bomb like wines from Chile or USA.

If you will be able to find them, give a try to Lote 43 (Miolo) and wines from classic Italian varietal Ancelotta made by Don Laurindo winery. Both their Ancelotta Reserva and Gran Reserva (blend 80% Ancelotta, 20%T annat) are worth tasting.

 
At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Duncan said...

The Oveja Negra ('black sheep') range is pretty good everyday drinking, especially the Tempranillo/Touriga.

 
At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Heloisa said...

I found your blog through Wine Business International. I'm Brazilian and live in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, near the Vale dos Vinhedos, our biggest and most important wine region. I'm a fan od Valduga's whites and sparkling wines. If possible, check the Pizzato wines, mainly the Chardonnay, the rosť and the sparklings (brut white and rosť). They are a small family-run winery, which produces honest good value-for-money wines with the "exotic touch" Belcarnen mentioned. Their web site is www.pizzato.net and I know they are already exporting to the USA. I believe they are not exporting to the EU yet.

 
At 3:31 AM, Anonymous Michael said...

I am in Brazil and am wondering if anyone knows why there are so few US wines imported here? I have gone to many restaurants, many grocery stores that feature large selections of wine, but none seem to have many if any US wines compared to Australian, South African, New Zealand, EU, and Chilean wines. At most they might have a bottle of California wine but no other states. This is odd given that US wines are doing very well in International competitions.

 
At 5:51 PM, Blogger Warren EDWARDES said...

What is the impact of a double harvest in the S„o Francisco Valley?

Curiously the Wines from Brazil site

winesfrombrazil.com.br


says

"The dry climate and sunshine help to produce grapes with a high level of sugar"

ad also

"Moderate alcohol content"

Unless the wines are seriously sweet how does that happen?

 

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