With the Rio Olympics looming over the horizon, what better time to sample Brazil’s vinous delights. What? Brazilian wine? Yes indeed, and though as a whole the country isn’t a viticultural paradise there are some tasty wines being made there. Here are a couple from M&S that I tried recently:
Riosecco Sparkling Glera NV (11.5%, €13.29)
Riosecco is a portmanteau of Rio and Prosecco, a not too subtle hint that this is a Brazilian alternative to Italy’s Prosecco. Before 2009 the grape used in DOC Prosecco was often referred to as by the same name, which meant that other areas could use the Prosecco name without being made in the same region (…or even country). When the even stricter DOCG was created in 2009 the old synonym Glera was adopted, and that’s what we have on this Latin American bubbly.
It’s pleasantly fruity but refreshing and dry on the finish. A better effort that many ordinary Proseccos. Give it a try!
Araucria Riesling Pinot Grigio 2015 (12.5%, €13.29)
I tasted this without looking closely at the information provided and was a bit stumped – I just didn’t know what to make of it. “Can I get back to you on this?” I told my notepad. Then, noticing the blend was 70% Riesling and 30% Pinot Grigio, it started to make sense.
It has the refreshing acidity and citrus bite of Riesling plus a bit of the rounder fruit and texture from Pinot Grigio. This could actually pass for an Alsace blend from a cooler year – not quite as round as an average Edelzwicker as it doesn’t have any Pinot Blanc. It’s a well made, modern wine which deserves to be sipped while sitting in the sun.
And just because I can, here is another Rio: