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11 wineries unite to form ‘Wines of India’ programme – HospitalityBizIndia.com

Even while the Make in India Summit is underway in the city, the ‘Wines of India’, a unique initiative to support Indian made wine,  both in India and internationally, was officially launched at an event held yesterday at the AKA restaurant in Worli Mumbai. What is indeed remarkable is that for the first time, wineries in India, keeping competition between them aside, have themselves come together to form a united body to present and showcase their products. Furthermore, the collective body comprises 11 wineries, each with a different heritage and background. These include the market leader Sula as well as new comer Soma Wines, some like Vallonne who have been in the market for a long time, family owned wineries like York Wines, and corporate backed wineries too.

Nikhil Aggarwal, sommelier and founder, All things Nice, who is passionate about all things wine, and especially about promoting a a wine culture in the country, has been chosen as Programme Director of Wines Of India. Aggarwal, through tastings and expert panels will determine which of the wineries’ products will be showcased by Wines of India, “based purely on the merit of the wine,” he said. “These were exciting times for Indian wines and each of the 11 wineries were doing something new, experimenting and producing good quality wines, with more kinds of wines being produced than ever before, wines that India can be proud of,” said Agarwal.

The seed to form such a body was first sown by Ashwin Rodrigues, Founder, Good Drop Wine Cellars. Speaking to Hospitality Biz, Rodrigues said that he was happy that after several meetings since last September, the wineries were convinced that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and the ‘Wines of India’ was finally born. He said that each winery faces similar issues and it made sense to work together. Rodrigues is very keen on sharing his enthusiasm for Indian wines with the Indian consumer and says that he works with the Indian palate in mind. He said he was sure that more wineries would become part of the Wines of India programme.

The evening saw one wine from each winery being presented for the tasting. These included Sula Brut Tropicale, Casablanca Rose Spumante from Good Drop Wine Cellars, Soma Chauvignon Blanc Gold 2014, Charosa Selections Suvignon Blanc 2014, Reveilo Grillo 2013, Nine Hills Chenin Blanc2014,York Rose 2015, Vallonne Syrah Merlot 2014, Fratelli Sette 2012, Myra Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 and Grover Zampa Chene 2012 .

By Odelle Amaral D’Silva

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.