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Thursday, 26 June 2014

"Faces" World Cup Wines Offer a Team of Varieties

The 11 grape varieties in the red "Faces" represent the different team positions - above, the Brazilian team

FIFA's official wine reveals its team lineup.

Neiva Mello, spokeswoman for the small Lidio Carraro winery selected to produce the wine, told AFP that “the challenge was to produce a special wine that would direct world attention to Brazilian viticulture”. The winery is based in the southern state of Rio Grande del Sul, the main viticultural area of Brazil.

“The wines needed to be enjoyed by both local and foreign drinkers, whether beginners to wine or connoisseurs,” she added. Red, white and rosé versions have been made, all from the 2013 vintage.

From vineyards in the two districts of Vale dos Vinhedos and Encruzilhada do Sul, the 11 grape varieties were chosen for the red wine to represent the 11 team players. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, representing 50 percent, are the varieties that are most immediately noticeable on the nose – these are the “attackers” or strikers in the team._

Teroldego, Touriga Nacional, Tempranillo and Pinot Noir comprise the midfield and play an important role in providing the mid-palate flavours of plum, violets, chocolate and raspberry.

In defence are Tannat, Nebbiolo, Alicante and Ancellota, which give structure to the blend. Finally in goal is Malbec, to ensure a good finish on the palate.

While the red wine represents the diversity of Brazilian people, the white “Faces” is made to represent their joyfulness and is made from a blend of Moscato, Riesling Italico and Chardonnay. Finally, the rosé “Faces” is made from Pinot Noir, Merlot and Touriga Nacional, reflecting the Brazilians vitality and youth.

There have been 600,000 bottles of "Faces" produced and the wines are on sale in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Source: http://www.wine-searcher.com/