Posted by Simon on May 28, 2012
Aurora Espumante Chardonnay NV, Serra Gaucha (~£12 Go Brazil Wines)
Light and refreshing with a touch of yeasty/toasty complexity, but the slightly smoky elderflower notes speak of underripeness. Good but not great. B
Casa Valduga Espumante 130 Brut NV, Serra Gaucha (~£23 Go Brazil Wines)
Classy mature wine, with honeyed, biscuity complexity, ripe pineapple and hazelnut flavours and a touch of toffee. Very grown-up style S(-)
Monte Paschoal Brut Rosé Espumante NV (N/A in the UK)
Reasonable red fruit notes plus a touch of apple, but slightly let down by a cheesy edge and a touch too much strawberry cordial-like sweetness. B-
Sanjo Nubio Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Serra Catarinense (N/A in the UK)
Decent citrus fruit tinged with elderflower, but there’s also a nutty/toasty character that reminds me of over-sulphured Loire wines (have tried three further bottles since this tasting – all were similar). ???
Lidio Carraro Da’divas Chardonnay 2011, Encruzilhada do Sul (~£15 Go Brazil Wines)
I like the fresh apple, mango and melon flavours, the zesty citrus bite and the yeasty/creamy edge from lees ageing, but it’s just a touch simple for real class. B(+)
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