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INDIAN WINE CONSUMERS CHOICE AWARDS- GOLDMEDAL WINNERS TASTING NOTES

Casablanca Spumante Sparkling Wine: Pale straw colour revealing its fresh and young character. A generous fruity nose of kiwi and grape fruit layered with lime and floral undertones. A light body on the palate reminiscent of pear and green apple with a predominant acidic structure ending with a smooth and lingering finish.
Charosa Reserve Tempranillo 2012: Dark ruby-red in color, the nose is filled with rich coconut, vanilla, chocolate and raspberry aromas. Medium-bodied with excellent concentration of warm red fruit flavors like raspberry, strawberry and plum.
Fratelli Chardonnay 2014: Straw coloured with light green reflections, the wine has citrus aromas of orange and lemon with subtle notes of white flowers. The palate displays freshness and minerality.
Fratelli Chenin Blanc 2014: Pale yellow with a bouquet of fresh tropical fruit aromas. The palate offers smooth and elegant acidity. Short contract with French oak enhances its elegance while adding to its mineral structure and complexity.
Grover La Reserve 2012: Powerful bouquet of luscious ripe red and black fruits with an exquisite hint of spice. This full bodied wine combines grace and splendour on the palate, the tannins are smooth and flavours intense with chocolate, coffee beans and vanilla.
Nine Hills Viognier 2012: Medium dry, this wine is crisp and refreshing and has notes of peaches, lychees and lavender.
Reveilo Syrah Reserve 2012: Barrel aged in French oak, the colour is brilliant ruby red with purple reflections. The fruity notes of raspberry and cherry are dominant, with a persistent woody character.
Reveilo Chardonnay 2013: Intense and persistent, it is dominated by fruity characters. Very evident are melon, pineapple, and lime notes accompanied with peaches and apricots.
Reveilo Nero D’Avola 2014: A medium bodied red wine with strong fruity aromas of cherry accompanied with some spicy notes of pepper and cinnamon. It is a young wine with a long finish.
Sula Red Zinfanel 2014: A luscious, jammy red Zinfandel redolent with blackberry aromas and cinnamon and plum flavours. Balanced, spicy, supple, delightful!
Sula Late Harvest Chenin Blanc 2014: Abounding with aromas of lemon, honey and tropical fruit, this Late Harvest Chenin Blanc is not only a perfect close to a delicious meal, but also an elegant aperitif.
Sula Riesling 2014: Sula’s Riesling is a fruity aromatic wine with hints of green apple, grapefruit, peach and honey. Best enjoyed nicely chilled. Riesling is a versatile wine for pairing with food because of its balance of sugar and acidity.
Turning Point Shiraz Cabernet 2013: This wine is the perfect blend of crispy aromas from Shiraz and complexity from Cabernet Sauvignon. This medium bodied wine has elegant tannins, ending with a mix of woody and currant flavors.
Turning Point Shiraz 2013: Menthol enhanced with a woody nose, followed by crispy aromas. The wine has a strong tannic feel without any harsh bitterness. The finish has woody and raspberry characteristics.
Vallonne Crimson Glory 2013: A medium bodied blend with notes of red fruits and spice that appear both on the nose and the palate. The presence of MAlbec has added complexity to this blend.
Vallonne Reserve Merlot 2013: This wine exhibits intense aromas of dark chocolate and cigar mixed with woody hints of vanilla and toast. Barrel ageing has enhanced these flavours with supple woody tannins and concentrated red fruit flavours.
Zampa Chene Grande Reserve 2013: Elegant aromas of blackberry, currant and ripe plums, complemented by charming hints of spices, vanilla, chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Dark fruit flavours with nuances of vanilla and cinnamon on the palate.

Indian Wine Consumers Choice Awards- Silver Medal Winners Tasting Notes

Charosa Resrve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012: Dark ruby red with complex aromas of ripe fruits, black olive, vanilla, eucalyptus, chocolate with a hint of sweet spice. On the palate this wine is rich and soft, expressing ripe fruits like plum and raspberry.

Chateau d’Ori Chardonnay 2012: Fresh and pleasant with a distinct nose of pineapple and citrus fruit, this excellent Chardonnay distinguishes itself with a memorable finish. The wine pairs equally well with poultry and paneer, fish and vegetables.

Fratelli Sette 2011: A great fusion of powerful Cabernet Sauvignon, roundness and richness of Cabernet Franc teamed with the fine, elegant floral notes of Sangiovese. The pleasant and refined notes of wood are well merged with the wine, adding a balanced vanilla flavour, silky tannins and a vibrant finish.

Grover Vijay Amritraj Reserve Collection Red 2013: Fragrant perfumed aromas with elegant lingering dark fruits, spice, pepper. blackberry jam and violets. Well-balanced tannins.

Myra Reserve Shiraz 2013: Its medium-bodied palate has a soft finesse-filled tannin structure. Its gentle oak and vanilla nose and palate makes it a perfect complement for grilled meats and seafood and medium-spicy Indian food.

Nine Hills Chenin Blanc 2014: This medium dry, medium bodied wine is crisp and refreshing. It has light floral and fruity aromas with flavours of tropical fruits like peach, banana and pineapple.

Nine Hills Shiraz Rose 2013: Medium dry, this wine is crisp and refreshing. It is light to medium bodied with aromas and flavours of cherry and strawberry.

Reveilo Merlot 2014: An intense ruby colored, medium bodied wine with mouth filling flavours of ripe plums, black cherries and cassis complimented with spicy characters. Soft tannins and balanced acidity provide a remarkable structure to this wine.

Reveilo Late Harvest Chenin Blanc 2013: The aromas from the overripe grapes are purely of raisin grapes, dry figs, honey and dry fruits like almonds and nuts. On the palate, the sweetness is perfectly balanced with acidity, resulting in a very pleasant velvety taste.

Reveilo Syrah 2014: Strong aromas of pepper, smoke and red berry fruits, which follow through on the palate, with notes of spice and flintstone. Soft complex tannins give this medium bodied wine a good finish.

Reveilo Cabernet Sauvignon 2013: An extremely powerful bouquet of aromas with notes of black fruit and green pepper. The tannins are sweet and smooth giving the wine a long and persistent finish. The wine has an appealing mouth feel and is nicely structured.

Reveilo Sangiovese 2014: An intense, ruby coloured wine with aromas of raspberry, cherry and spice. The palate is soft and fruity with finely textured tannins and well balanced acidity giving the wine a rounded and lingering taste.

Reveilo Grillo 2013: The wine greets you with a bouquet of citrus, lemon, orange and grapefruit. It is a medium bodied wine with crisp acidity and a long mineral after taste.

Sula Dindori Reserve Viognier 2014: Grown on the distinctive red soil of our Dindori estate, the reserve Viognier is showing exotic apricot and lychee aromas followed by a lengthy mineral presence and fresh acidity on the palate.

Sula Brut Rose NV: A sophisticated, perfectly balanced bottle-fermented Rose sparkling wine. A blend of Chenin Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir grapes, this salmon pink palate-pleaser packs a million tiny bubbles in every celebratory sip.

Sula Brut NV: A blend of Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Sultana and Pinot Noir, this celebratory sparkling wine, made in the true methode champenoise style, is a creamy, complex nectar that goes down like a dream.

Sula Satori Merlot Malbec NV: A medium-bodied Merlot-Malbec blend with hints of black cherries and ripe red fruit. Well structured and smooth on the palate. “Satori” is a Zen term meaning “sudden enlightenment”.

Sula Sauvignon Balnc 2014: Herbaceous, crisp and dry, with hints of green pepper and a touch of spice at the finish, this wine is well balanced with good acidity.

York Sparkling Cuvee Brut NV: On the nose along with perfumed characters of lemons there are secondary characters of cheese and butterscotch. The 12 months less ageing gives it complex characters of cookies, cheese and cream on the palate.

Indian Wine Consumers Choice Awards- Bronze Medal Winners Tasting Notes

Charosa Selections Sauvignon Blanc 2014– Bright straw yellow. Lively intense flavors of tropical fruits with gooseberry and orange flavors on mid palate. The palate is broad, balanced and quite rich with tropical fruit and a grassy mineral freshness.

 

Charosa Selections Shiraz 2013– Ruby red, bright, fresh dark fruits on the nose with some vivid raspberry, strawberry, cherry, vanilla and toasty aroma notes. The mid palate expresses ripe red fruit and mature tannins. Great spicy finish with a hint of oak.

Grover Art Collection Cabernet Shiraz 2014– Intense notes of blackcurrant and blackberry with nuances of Mediterranean herbs and black pepper. The palate is concentrated showing ripe, elegant dark berry fruit with great intensity and weight, complemented by soft, fine grain tannins. Great structure with a powerful and persistent finish.

Grover Art Collection Rose 2014– Intense bouquet of berries and sherry with a fruity, light bodied, smooth palate. Pairs well with mildly spiced preparations of fish and poultry.

Myra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012– This medium to full bodied, fruity wine is marked by supple tannins and a good finish. While excellent on its own, it also pairs very well with creamy pastas or Indian gravy dishes and hard cheese.

Sula Chenin Blanc 2014– A semi-dry, refreshingly light wine bursting with pineapple and stone fruit. Food pairing makes for a delightful aperitif and ideal with food that has a hint of sugar and spice.

Zampa Soiree Brut 2012– The aromas reveal floral, fresh lemon with hints of toasted bread and white fruit such as pear. The palate is light and creamy, clean, lemon and crisp. It has fine beads and a persistent mousse with a dry finish in classic brut style.