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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.

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.

Brazilian sparkling wines elected the best in Americas

Among labels from Europe and wine-producing countries on the American continent, two sparkling wines from the Brazilian winery Miolo were elected the Best Sparkling Wine of the Americas and the Best Rosé Sparkling wine of the Americas, which reinforces Brazil’s supremacy and vocation in sparkling, consecrating the charming region of Serra Gaúcha, in the Vale dos Vinhedos (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), as the terroir of origin of some of the most awarded bubbles in the world.

The important awards for the sparkling Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut (Best Sparkling Wine) and Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut Rosé (Best Sparkling Rosé) took place in the 10th edition of the Challenge International Euposia, the only contest in the world dedicated exclusively to the bubbles elaborated by the Traditional Method, with the second fermentation of the wine inside the bottle itself. Thus, for example, champagnes are made. The event brings together some of the most important specialized critics in the world.

It is an expressive achievement not only for Miolo, but for the market and for the image of Brazilian sparkling wine abroad. We have carried out a consistent work in international markets, promoting, communicating and divulging our sparkling wines, which have increasingly attracted attention because of its extremely high quality “, commemorates Adriano Miolo, the group’s superintendent.

The Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut and Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut Rosé are made in the winery’s own vineyards in the Denomination of Origin Vale dos Vinhedos. Versatile and sophisticated, they are already a subject in the international market: a lot of the Cuvée Tradition Brut has just been taken from a submerged sea basement in France, an action unheard of for a Brazilian company. And a lot of the Cuvée Tradition Brut Rosé rests, at the moment, in the same submerged basement, from where it will be removed in 2018.

Miolo Quinta do Seival Alvarinho, Brazilian wine with Portuguese essence

Label was the big winner in the category ‘Brancos de outras castas e cortes‘ in the Great Event Wines of Brazil

A wine with a Brazilian signature and Portuguese essence: Quinta do Seival Alvarinho is the first Alvarinho wine made in Brazil with one of the grapes icons of Portugal. The Miolo winery invested in its adaptation in the terroir of the Southern Campaign in Rio Grande do Sul, in order to extract unique characteristics and express the whole personality of a great wine.

The first vines of alvarinho were planted in 2003, in our vineyards in the Southern Campaign / RS. It is a liquid relic. It is a unique wine of a Portuguese variety very much in vogue, but still little cultivated in Brazil. The Quinta do Seival Alvarinho is a label that reminds us of our Portuguese heritage and the historical connections between the two countries “, summarizes Adriano Miolo, superintendent of the group.

Versatile and medium intensity aromatic, has notes of peach, mango and honey. Its straw-yellow color translates all the elegance of the wine, whose label is a re-reading of the baroque, artistic movement of great influence in the Portuguese aesthetics of the XVI to XVIII centuries.

The high quality of this white wine with Brazilian DNA and Portuguese soul has just been recognized in the Great Wine Tasting 2017. Among the hundreds of samples tasted the Quinta do Seival Alvarinho stood out as the great winner in the category “Brancos de outras castas e cortes” being one of the 30 winners of the competition, which reinforces its perfect adaptation to the terroir of the Campaign and the excellent work that Miolo has been developing with the caste.

In addition to the Quinta do Seival Alvarinho, 8 other Miolo wines elaborated in the Rio Grande do Sul projects won Gold Medals at the tasting: Miolo Millésime Brut 2012, Miolo Tempranillo Reserva 2015, Miolo Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Miolo Reserva Pinot Noir 2016, Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut Rosé, Miolo Cuvée Tradition Demi-Sec, Miolo Cuvée Giuseppe Chardonnay 2015 and Miolo Selection Pinot Grigio / Riesling 2016.

From the vineyards of the brand in the Valley of the São Francisco (BA) also received Gold Medals the sparkling Terranova Moscatel and Terranova Brut Rosé, and the red Testardi Syrah.

Recovered the first sea refined Brazilian wine

Miolo the Brazilian wine estate, announces the recovery of the first batch of aged Brazilian sparkling wine in an underwater cave. The company is the first and only in Brazil to use this method.

The operation was carried out on 12 October, 12 months after Miolo Cuvée Brut diving in the Brittany Sea, France. The labels will reach the Brazilian and European markets by the end of this year, for a special and limited edition.

“In Brazil and Europe there are high expectations regarding the withdrawal of bottles from the sea. We are approaching the end of the year, an expressive moment for sparkling wine sales and no doubt, lovers and collectors will want to have in their cellars and the first Brazilian product aged in an underwater cave, “says Adriano Miolo, superintendent of the Brazilian group.

Strategically immersed in the island of Ouessant, in the region known as Baie du Stiff, bottles of Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut have been kept in contact with sea temperatures (11 to 13 ° C). The underwater cave creates ideal conditions for aging wines: darkness, total humidity, constant temperature and pressure.

According to Director Adriano, the effects of conservation of sparkling wines on the seabed are observed in laboratory tests and tastings. A submerged label has up to 10 times more molecular compounds than those aged with traditional methods; these compounds are responsible for the formation of aromas and complexity of the beverage. In the tests the results indicate the quality of the method: sparkling wines have a richer floral flavor, complexity, freshness and clear notes of butter and nuts.

New lots in 2018

In 2018 it will be possible to appreciate the results of the aging of another Miolo in a submerged cave: Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut Rosé, in an even smaller edition. A small batch of the product rests in the Brittany Sea from June this year and has to stay there for 12 months. A second batch of Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut was also submerged in June and will arrive in the market next year.

The labels of the Miolo Cuvée Tradition line are processed in the Vale dos Vinhedos in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, with Chardonnay and Pinot Nero grapes using the traditional method, ie fermentation in the bottle itself; the process is the same as used by French maisons for processing Champagne.

Miolo presents exclusive line at Prowein 2017

The Miolo winery has prepared an exclusive launch for its participation in Prowein 2017, one of the world’s leading wine fairs, which takes place from March 19-21 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

During the event, aimed at professionals in the segment, will be presented the Seival line, created especially for the external market. The wines are already marketed in the United States and China and will be presented for the first time in Europe.

In the versions Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tannat, Pinotage, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc Seival wines have labels developed exclusively for the international line, directed to the entrants in the world of wine, because the products are light, uncomplicated and of excellent cost per benefit.

 “We are confident that Seival’s presentation at Prowein will bring excellent business to Miolo in Europe, where our products are already recognized and widely consumed. Adapting the wines to the international market is a strategic decision that considers the particularities and preferences of the consumers of other countries. This perception and identification is a result of the successful work of our export sector, which is in constant contact with consumption trends abroad, “summarizes Adriano Miolo, the group’s superintendent.

Successful in Europe, especially in France, the sparkling Miolo Cuvée Tradition will also be featured in the brand space at Prowein. The focus will be the Miolo Cuvée Tradition Brut, which in 2016 was the most popular national sparkling wine in Paris. This great achievement has given rise to an unprecedented international campaign: a lot of the sparkling wine now rests in a submerged basement in the sea of the Bretagne region of France, from where it will be removed in the second half of 2017 and marketed in a special and limited edition In Brazil and in Europe.

 

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