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Miolo winery grape harvest 2018: the best of the decade


The Miolo Winery is close to finishing the 2018 harvest with a realization: for at least 6 years there was no climate so favorable for the quality of the vintage in Rio Grande do Sul. So far, in this decade, there were 2 harvests of exceptional quality: 2011 and 2012, but none will exceed the quality of 2018. In the 3 projects of Miolo in RS were collected 2/3 of the total estimated, which is 6.2 million kilos of grapes. In this way, it is already possible to safely assert its superior quality.

Climatic behavior x grape quality of the 2018 harvest

The winter of 2017 was one of the mildest in recent years, with a low accumulation of cold hours (below 7.2 ° C). Initially this caused a lot of fear, as it could generate negative reflexes in the breakage of the dormancy of the grape buds, interfering in the volume of production in 2018. However, the good phytosanitary status of the vines crown in the post-harvest of 2017 compensated for the lack of cold and the sprouting was vigorous and uniform. The less intense cold of the winter and the spring with favorable temperatures triggered the beginning of the sprouting, with 15 to 20 days of anticipation in most of the varieties.

The spring passed in the normal way, with no ups and downs of temperature, which led to continuous growth of the vegetation and flowering within the expected. Due to the reduced winter cold, some varieties showed fewer flowers per bunch, leaving them a little more “thin”, which influenced a lower average weight. In contrast, it provided a maturation with optimum quality and sanity in the early grapes, usually of more compacted bunches and susceptible to rot.

The rains of spring and early summer also occurred within the normal climate and only in October there was a week with slightly more intense rains that did not cause damage to the varieties that were still flowering.

The summer has been raining well below average due to the influence of the phenomenon “La Niña”, with very positive effects on the quality and sanity of the grape. The nocturnal mild temperatures are being a constant in the maturation period, with average thermal amplitude of 16 ° C, reaching in some cases to exceed 20 ° C, thus favoring the accumulation of coloring matter in the red varieties.

Relevant considerations of the 2018 crop in the 3 terroirs of RS

1) Miolo, Vale dos Vinhedos – the harvest began on January 3 with Pinot varieties
Noir and Chardonnay bases for sparkling wines, with excellent results for Miolo Cuvée Tradition and Miolo Millésime, produced only in the best seasons. It was followed by the elaboration of Miolo Cuvée Giuseppe Chardonnay and Merlot red wines are currently being produced, ending in March with the Cabernet Sauvignon variety, used for the production of Miolo Cuvée Giuseppe Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon, Miolo Merlot Terroir and the icon Miolo Lot 43, this one elaborated only in the exceptional harvests.

In Vale dos Vinhedos the climate was adequate, with limited and sparse rains, accompanied by milder temperatures than the normal average. The total harvest forecast is 700 thousand kilos.

2) Seival, Southern Campaign – the crop began on January 8 with the varieties Pinot Noir and Chardonnay bases for the production of Seival sparkling. Afterwards, the Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier varieties were harvested and used in the whites of the Seival, Miolo Seleção and Miolo Reserva lines. Alvarinho variety will be harvested in March for Quinta do Seival.

For the red wines Pinot Noir harvested in January has now followed the Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, Merlot and Tannat varieties, ending in March with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot for the Seival, Miolo Seleção, Miolo Reserva and Quinta do Seival lines. Finally, after 7 years will be elaborated new edition of Sesmarias.

In Seival, the period of great drought from January onwards, it was surprising because of the arid climate, with temperatures reaching 32 degrees during the day and, on some nights, falling to 9 degrees, providing grapes with exceptional maturation – this phenomenon was rare observed. Total harvest forecast: 1.5 million pounds.

3) Almadén, Central Campaign – the harvest began on January 5 by the variety
Gewürztraminer, followed by the white Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Riesling Italic, Riesling Renano and Sauvignon Blanc – used in the preparation of sparkling wines and varietals Almadén -, ending with Ugni Blanc. As for the reds, the harvest began with Pinotage in mid-February, followed by Merlot and Tannat, ending in March with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon used to produce all the Almadén varietals. Also will be elaborated the Vinhas Velhas Tannat, which happens only in the best vintages.

The climate in the Central Campaign was dry with very limited rainfall, which, potentiated by its sandy soil, provided long periods of drought. Temperatures at night favored the ideal ripening of grapes. The total harvest forecast is 4 million pounds.

The 2014 harvest for Miolo will go down in history as we will produce all our great wines that are made exclusively in exceptional harvests. In addition, a quality crop like this comes to crown all the work of dedication and innovation that has been realized over the years in favor of quality improvement. Now, we are going to wait for the market to recognize this and, in this way, improve the image and participation of Brazilian wines at the table of Brazilians, “said Adriano Miolo, superintendent of Miolo Group.

In the middle of March, the harvest is expected to end in the three Miolo projects in Rio Grande do Sul (this year the harvest was early) and the beginning of the harvest in the Terranova project in the São Francisco Valley (BA), which will end of 2018 with the forecast that approximately 3 million kilos of grapes will be harvested, thus totaling a harvest of 9.2 million kilos in the company’s four projects in the 2018 harvest.

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Miolo is the most awarded winery in the “Grande Prova de Vinhos 2018”

Unique winery with five championship labels in their respective categories and six more with the gold award, the brand celebrates the excellent performance

Considered to be the largest blind competition of Brazilian wines available on the market, the Grande Prova de Vinhos 2018 of Brazil enshrined and reinforced the high quality of Miolo wines in its last edition: the winery was the great winner of the competition, with six wines awarded with Gold and five champions in the categories Tinto Superpremium, Branco Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Tinto Outras Castas and Branco Riesling.

When Miolo presents the 2018 harvest as legendary – reissuing all its iconic labels and launching innovative wines, the winery’s performance in the Grande Prova de Vinhos 2018 is yet another validation of its excellent momentum and optimum expectation of future results.

“Critical awards such as the Grande Prova de Vinhos 2018 are the seal of the work we have been doing in recent years in improving quality and in the creation and development of new wines and sparkling wines in the four different Brazilian terroirs in which we operate,” summarizes Adriano Miolo, the group’s superintendent.

The main highlight of the achievements goes to the already recognized Miolo Lote 43, which won the Double Gold / Champion. Cultivated at the winery’s headquarters in the Vale dos Vinhedos, the wine is a tribute to the property acquired by the Italian immigrant Giuseppe Miolo in 1897, when it settled in the South of Brazil. Produced from a harmonic cut of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes , aged in French and American oak barrels, was first produced in 1999. The Miolo Lote 43 also has an appellation of origin Vale dos Vinhedos – a great achievement in the region.

Viña Ventisquero launches exclusive wine for Brazil

 

Chilean winery creates grape blend exclusively for the Brazilian market.

This Product results from more than a decade of working with the Ventisquero labels in Brazil

The Chilean winery Viña Ventisquero announces the launch of an exclusive label for Brazil: the new Red Blend Reserve. Elaborated especially for the palate of the Brazilian connoisseurs, the wine is a novelty in the category Red Blend, whose consumption has been increasing in the Country.

With different grapes in their composition, the wines of reds mixes bring the expressions of each of their strains harmonized with each other. In the case of the Red Blend Reserve Ventisquero, the “blend” – the blend – resulted in the perfect balance of the Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Syrah and Petit Verdot grapes. Dark ruby ​​in color, it is fruity and brings touch of spice, well aligned with the palate of the Brazilian who ventures into the world of wines and prefers lighter and less acidic drinks.

Complementing the already famous Ventisquero Reserva line in Brazil, the new Red Blend is a toast to our palate and the defiant spirit of the winery, which is stamped on the label when bringing a human climbing a mountain. Guided by the vanguard in the elaboration of wines, it expanded the limits of the wine map in Chile when elaborating reds and whites in the Atacama Desert. The brand is also recognized for proposing innovative mixes and for venturing into different terroirs experiencing possibilities and contributing to the development of the wine industry in the New World.
“Cantu Importadora and our partnership with Viña Ventisquero celebrate 15 years in 2018. It was from more than a decade of work with the Chilean labels in Brazil that we identified the preferences of Brazilians when choosing a wine. The modern and courageous profile of Cantu and Ventisquero made it possible for us to think about this product and reach the result that we present exclusively to Brazil, “summarizes Peterstu Cantu, director of Cantu, which brings the wines from the Chilean winery to the country.
The new Reserva Red Blend comes from the Maipo Valley, recognized as the site of Chile’s best Cabernet Sauvignon, the launching base grape. The combination of the selected strains – which bring their main characteristics to the wine – widens the range of harmonizations, making the label the perfect company for dishes with chicken, cheese and pasta.

1875 Casa Valduga liquor red wine

10 years of aging, maturation in French oak.

Carrying in the name the year that Famiglia Valduga arrived in Brazil, a launch to make history.

Made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this wine presents remarkable complexity and elegance. Notes of ripe fruits, plum and spices, along with nuances of tobacco and cocoa, form a fine bouquet and great wealth. A wine of great structure, which generously expresses the maximum potential of each variety.
Adequate phenolic maturation and rigorous selection of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes have given rise to this amazing liqueur. After harvest, the grapes were submitted to a natural dehydration, alcoholic fermentation, wine alcohol addition and maturation of 6 years in oak barrels.
In addition to the indicated harmonies can also be enjoyed alone, at the end of a meal.
Perfect with desserts such as tiramissú, chocolates with high concentration of cocoa, dried fruits and blue cheeses.

Chardonnay Brut and Moscatel by Panizzon

We tasted:

Chardonnay Brut

 

This Chardonnay Brut, has the classic Charmat method of elaboration, which is the second fermentation of the wine, at low temperatures. Clean in color and with greenish features with fine and delicate bubbles.
Aromas of tropical fruit, lemon, with touches of toasted bread and some almonds. In the mouth, pleasant, intense freshness, good structure, marked acidity, good persistence.
It can be served as an aperitif and accompany meals of fish and poultry.

 

 

 

Moscatel

Panizzon’s Moscatel Sparkling is produced by the Asti process from a single alcoholic fermentation at low temperatures. Clean in color and with greenish traces. It has intense aroma, with floral, fruity notes and honey. In soft and delicate mouth, with sweetness and freshness balanced.
This Moscatel is ideal with a desserts.

Harvest 2018 in Brazil: the best of decade

The Miolo Winery is close to finishing the 2018 harvest with a realization: for at least 6 years there was no climate so favorable for the quality of the vintage in Rio Grande do Sul. So far, in this decade, there were 2 harvests of exceptional quality: 2011 and 2012, but none will exceed the quality of 2018. In the 3 projects of Miolo in RS were collected 2/3 of the total estimated, which is 6.2 million kilos of grapes. In this way, it is already possible to safely assert its superior quality.

Climatic behavior x grape quality of the 2018 harvest

The winter of 2017 was one of the mildest in recent years, with a low accumulation of cold hours (below 7.2 ° C). Initially this caused a lot of fear, as it could generate negative reflexes in the breakage of the dormancy of the grape buds, interfering in the volume of production in 2018. However, the good phytosanitary status of the vines crown in the post-harvest of 2017 compensated for the lack of cold and the sprouting was vigorous and uniform. The less intense cold of the winter and the spring with favorable temperatures triggered the beginning of the sprouting, with 15 to 20 days of anticipation in most of the varieties.

The spring passed in the normal way, with no ups and downs of temperature, which led to continuous growth of the vegetation and flowering within the expected. Due to the reduced winter cold, some varieties showed fewer flowers per bunch, leaving them a little more “thin”, which influenced a lower average weight. In contrast, it provided a maturation with optimum quality and sanity in the early grapes, usually of more compacted bunches and susceptible to rot.

The rains of spring and early summer also occurred within the normal climate and only in October there was a week with slightly more intense rains that did not cause damage to the varieties that were still flowering.

The summer has been raining well below average due to the influence of the phenomenon “La Niña”, with very positive effects on the quality and sanity of the grape. The nocturnal mild temperatures are being a constant in the maturation period, with average thermal amplitude of 16 ° C, reaching in some cases to exceed 20 ° C, thus favoring the accumulation of coloring matter in the red varieties.

“Maximus” from Panizzon wine estate

Headquartered in Flores da Cunha / RS, Brazil’s largest city producer of wine, Panizzon wine estate founded in 1960 by Ricardo Panizzon and his sons, is today one of the country’s largest beverage companies.
The Durans vineyards are the birthplace of the Panizzon Wine grapes. The production of wines and sparkling wine made from its own vineyards guarantees excellence, due to the strict quality control that is done from the planting, which is carried out in vineyards until the vintage. These unique differentials guarantee the recognition of the Sparkling Wine and Panizzon Fine Wines, awarded in national and international competitions.

We tasted: Maximus

The Maximus wine is produced with grapes from its own vineyards and selected seedlings in the Campos de Cima da Serra at an altitude of 850 meters in Campestre da Serra, Rio Grande do Sul. It has been traditionally elaborated with daily reruns and temperature control. Aged in American and French oak wood.

This wine has an intense ruby ​​red color, with subtle yellow reflections evolved, result of a great thermal amplitude, favored by the terroir of the region of the fields from the top of the mountain range. The smell has an evolved aroma, intense and fresh, with notes of spices and touches of chocolate, coffee, tobacco and leather. In the mouth it is voluminous, dense, soft sweet and with pleasant and prolonged retro taste.

For the food pairing is ideal with red meat, game and pasta.

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