Philip S. Kampe, #winelover: Growing up in New Orleans has opened my eyes to the world of wine, food, and culture. My heritage is a combination of French, British, and Hungarian. Add eight years of European life coupled with a wife of Italian roots and you will understand my journey into this amazing world. /•/ Luiz Alberto, #winelover. Founder of the #winelover community, member of the Circle of Wine Writers, judge at International wine competitions, wine educator and communicator.
Friday, August 31, 2012
2012 BRAZIL WINE REPORT--Birthplace of Luiz Alberto forwarded by Philip S, Kampe
Issue 1 Volume 2
The 2012 Vintage: Top Three of Last Fifty Years
According to Embrapa, Brazil's Grape and Wine Research Institute, the
2012 harvest shows exceptional promise with quality equivalent to the
great vintages of 1991 and 2005. This is especially true in Serra
Gaucha, Campos de Cima da Serra, Campanha and Serra do Sudeste in Rio
Grande do Sul and Planalto Catarinense in Santa Catarina, regions
representing 90% of Brazil's total wine production.
Celito Guerra, top researcher at Embrapa, considers the 2012 harvest in
Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina to be among the top three of the
last 50 years, attributing success to the presence of the La Niña – a
climatic phenomenon which normally occurs in alternate years. "This
season was a filled with sunlight, low humidity and rainfall and
exceptional thermal amplitude, resulting in greater maturation of grapes
on the vine." says Guerra.
Jose Fernando da Silva Protas, Embrapa researcher, states "this vintage
combines exceptional climatic behavior with new vineyard management
techniques and state of the art technology. The expected result is wines
with a delicate balance of sugar and acidity; fresh fruit aromas (white
wines) and good color and tannins (red wines)".
According to Ibravin (Brazilian Wine Institute), this harvest will
produce an estimated yield of 1,534 million pounds – enough to produce
327 million bottles of wine in Rio Grande do Sul. And, "while the losses
suffered as a result of hail storms were measurable, they were off-set
by the increase in cultivated area over the past several years" states
Alceu Dalla Molle, President of Ibravin's Advisory Board.
2012 Harvest ReportRegional Vintages
There are particularities for each wine-producing region in the country.
For a 2012 harvest report specific to each region, click the hotlinks
The favorable climatic conditions of 2012 and the new vineyard
management techniques applied by producers resulted in the production of
high quality fruit.
Serra do Sudeste
The 2012 vintage in Serra do Sudeste was exceptional.
Aromatic richness, a balanced palate, moderate acidity and slightly
astringent tannins describe 2012 vintage wines produced in the region of
Planalto Catarinense is comprised of high altitude vineyards that are largely influenced by thermal amplitude.
Vale do São Francisco
Producing two harvests a year and at 9 degrees latitude, this unique
wine region is the world's closest to the Equator. The climate is
semi-arid with minimal rainfall, with cycles ranging from 120 to 130