Casa Valduga Leopoldina, DO Vale dos Vinhedos, Serra Gaucha, South-west Brazil 2011
Vale dos Vinhedos is the first wine producing region to be awarded Denomination of Origin status in Brazil. The Valduga family originated in Italy, arriving in Brazil in 1875.
A blend of 40% each cabernet sauvignon and merlot, with 20% cabernet franc. 50% of the blended wine is aged in French oak barrels for 6 months.
13% abv, agglomerate cork closure. Available from Waitrose, £13.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, and showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of ripe black fruit – fragrant blackberry, black plum and black cherry, with a little violet, and hints of spice and wood.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, medium smooth integrated tannins, medium alcohol, with a medium body and medium intensity flavours of black berry boiled sweets, sweet black cherry, black fruit jelly and a savoury oaky note. A medium length with a clean slightly gummy finish.
Quality – A wine of good quality, with harmony between the balanced acidity and alcohol, and the intensity of flavour. Evolving now, based on ripe black fruit flavours of modest concentration and complexity, this wine will keep and develop for perhaps a further 2-3 years.