With so much variety to choose from, it can be tough to choose the right wine brand in India. We offer you a round-up of the best Indian Wines that will warm the connoisseur within you.
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York Sparkling Cuvée Brut – Raking up rave reviews before it was even released in the market, the York Sparkling is made up from 100 percent Chenin Blanc, a variety that the wine house has always worked well with. The fact that this vintage retains a fair bit of fruit, while still being a dry sparkling wine makes it the Brut to beat this year, and one of the best wine brands in India to be had!
Cost – Rs 975 in Maharashatra
Zampa Soirée Brut Rosé – Sparkling wines has two main characteristics to look out for – the quality of effervescence and overall balance of the wine. The Zampa Soiree, as one of the premier wine brands in India, does well in both regards! The blush-coloured wine is made from Syrah grape, and offers a refreshing palate of red cherry and hint of strawberry, coupled with a creamy mid-palate.
Cost – Rs 1,100 in Maharashtra
Charosa Selections Sauvignon Blanc – The brain child of a Nashik-based winery, which debuted their wines in 2013, the Charosa Selections Sauvignon Blanc has outdone some well-reputed New Zealand & Australian wines in blind tastings! Other stalwarts among the whites that this wine brand in India offers is a fantastic Viognier that you should definitely sample as well.
Cost – Rs. 750 in Maharashtra
Fratelli Sangiovese Bianco – Fratelli’s wine collection owes much of its success to PieroMasi, the well-known Tuscan winemaker. TheSangiovese Bianco, one of the latest addition to its collection, is a white wine made from red grapes, which, as you can imagine, is fairly hard to make. The result, though, is a crisp and fresh white with the vigour and body of a red. An unusual wine, to be sure, you will either love or hate this vintage.
Cost – Rs 880 in Delhi
Krsma Sangiovese – The Krsma Estate in Hampi, which some might say falls under the ‘boutique winery category, undoubtedly makes some of the finest wines in the country. The Sangiovese is one such creation, boasting fulsome notes of dark chocolate, warm spices and nuts, which gives it a fantastic flavour.
Cost – Rs. 1000 Available only in Bangalore
Charosa Reserve Tempranillo – Another fabulous vintage from Charosa, the Tempranillo takes its name from the grape that makes it. A source that is well suited to hot climate, the grape has been utilized well by the folks at Charosa, and has resulted in a vintage so outstanding that other wineries in the region are also beginning to experiment with the grape.
Cost – Rs 1,700 in Maharashtra
ZampaChêne Grande Reserve – Drawing inspiration from its name from the French word, ”Chene” which means oak, this new red blockbuster from the house of Grover-Zampa is causing ripples in the market. A fantastic blend of Tempranillo and Syrah, the Chene is aged for 15 months in oak. The result leaves a dominant oaky, toasted coffee taste on your palate. A bold wine for sure, the Chene has won a fair number of international awards, showing that its high regard is not just limited to our shores.
Cost – Rs 1700 in Maharashtra
FratelliSette (2011) – One of the most premium among the reserve wines from the house of Fratelli, Sette means seven in Italian, which is a nod to the men behind the celebrated winery. The current vintage 2011 is a pleasing blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, with the result being an elegant and beautifully balanced vintage.
Cost – Rs 1800 in Delhi
Myra Reserve Shiraz – One of the friendliest and most unassuming of wines bearing the ‘Reserve’ tag, the Myra version is also one of the most affordable of the lot. Coming to the table with notes of ripe red fruit with generous amounts of vanilla from the oak, the Myra Reserve is a vintage that beautifully balances out elegance with approachability.
Cost – Rs 800 in Maharashtra
Sula Dindori Reserve Shiraz – Dindori by Sula was the first wine to use the name of a region on it’s label. Firmly holding the title of everyone’s go-to red wine, Sula’s Dindori was recently adjudged #25 in the top 100 wines of 2014 by the Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The wine show deep fruit extraction followed by ageing and finishing in expensive oak.
Cost – Rs 890 in Delhi