Lidio Carraro Dadivas Chardonnay 2014
Dádivas Chardonnay is the perfect match with white meat, parma ham, fish, seafood, green salad, tropical fruit, pasta, risotto, and cheese.
Earliest harvest of Vale dos Vinhedos vineyards took place in 2002, which is what allowed for the creation of Lidio Carraro's first wines, that were released to the market in 2004. Shortly thereafter, the wineryprovides a selection to represent Brazilian wines at the Duty-free international airports’ stores, becoming the first Brazilian producer to do it, in its own country. In 2005, the winery opened the doors to the world and Lidio Carraro started having international attention, leading to the first export.
Portugese colonists brought wine producing grapes to Brazil as far back as the mid 16th century but the mainly humid, tropical environment proved to be a challenge for the early settlers. Though it is a large country, only a small portion, towards its southern end near Uruguay, is within the ideal latitudes for wine production. Brazil has about the same acreage under vine as its South American wine-producing neighbors, Chile and Argentina, but most of it is for table grapes. About 10% of the land is Vitis vinifera, the wine producing species.
Brazil has enjoyed consistent quality advancements since the 1970s and 1980s, largely due to investments by international wine companies, namely Moet & Chandon, Seagram, Bacardi, Domecq and Martini & Rossi. Serra Gaucha, a southerly coastal region of low mountains, recognized for sparkling wine production, is Brazil’s key wine region. Campanha, its neighbor, is attracting more attention for its red wines (Cabernet and Tannat) and white wines (Chardonnay).
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.