More famous for sport than wine, Brazil nevertheless has a vine-growing heritage that is coming to the fore. Steven Spurrier explores the country's regions and top estates, and is intrigued by what he finds...
Steven Spurrier’s top 6 wines from Brazil
Cave Geisse Brut, Pinto Bandeira, Serra Gaucha 1998
A 70% Chardonnay/30% Pinot Noir blend in magnum. Fine, full gold colour; bready, honeyed and rich on the nose; very rich and complex on the palate. Beautifully textured and mature.
Price: £35 Go Brazil
Lidio Carraro, Grande Vindima Merlot, Encruzilhada do Sul 2005
Fine deep red with mature rim, very Merlot/ Pomerol nose with cassis, spice and chocolate. Rich on the palate; full, fleshy yet elegant and firm. Very good indeed.
Price: £45 Go Brazil
Pizzato DNA99, Vale dos Vinhedos 2008
Superb black-purple-red, a nose of dark summer fruits and lovely natural richness on the palate. Oak blended to show voluptuous texture, and elegant tannins.
Price: £55 Go Brazil
Lidio Carraro, Dádivas Pinot Noir, Encruzilhada do Sul 2012
Deep with purple rim, lovely black cherries, Pinot on the nose, lovely texture and fruit on the palate. Good energy and depth.
Price: £16 Go Brazil
Miolo Sesmarias, Campanha 2008
A blend of Touriga Nacional, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Tannat and Tempranillo aged for two years in new French oak and bottled without fining or filtration. Deep purple-red, great depth of fruit with spice, black chocolate and lots of grip. Tannins still there but the fruit dominates. Has a great future.
Price: POA Bibendum
Casa Valduga Raizes Cabernet Franc, Campanha 2010
Also from Campanha, this has a good deep colour, very good red-fruit nose and is crunchy and fresh on the palate. The oak (50% French, 50% American) is well blended in. Nicely extracted with some elegance.
Price: N/A UK casavalduga.com.br