Sula – Sauvignon Blanc, Nashik, 2017
Sula – Sauvignon Blanc, Nashik, 2017
Sula – Sauvignon Blanc, Nashik, 2017

Sula Vineyards is at the forefront of the Indian wine revolution. The wines are served in the best     restaurants worldwide. Herbaceous, crisp and dry, with aromas of bell peppers, freshly cut green grass and refreshing acidity on the palate.

90 Points Wine Enthusiast (2013 vintage).
“Aromas of pink grapefruit, grass and coriander seed open the palate of this wine. Passion fruit, apricot, green apple and freshly chopped parsley mark the palate, with a touch of iodine on the finish. M.D.”  (12/31/2014)

Sula Vineyards. Situated 180 km northeast of Mumbai, Nashik is India’s largest grape-growing region, but had traditionally never been used to grow wine grapes. Wondering why, an enterprising, Stanford-trained engineer named Rajeev Samant quit his hi-tech Silicon Valley job in 1993 to do some investigating.
A little research quickly showed that the Nashik climate was not only perfect for wine grapes, but was also on par with winegrowing regions in Spain, California, and Australia. His determination doubled and Rajeev returned to California in search of a winemaker. In Sonoma County he found Kerry Damskey, an eminent Californian winemaker, who enthusiastically agreed to help start a winery on Rajeev’s 30 acre family estate.
In 1997, the duo took the revolutionary step of planting French Sauvignon Blanc and Californian Chenin Blanc, varieties that had never before been planted in India. The first Sula wines, released in 2000, were widely acclaimed as India’s best white wines.
Since its inception, Sula has rapidly established itself as India’s Leading Premium Wine Producer, helping spark a wine revolution that has seen consumption grow at 25% annually and several new wineries come up in the Nashik area. In November 2002, Wine Spectator – the world’s No.1 wine magazine – did a five-page feature on Sula, a proud first for an Indian winery.
A second winery with three times the capacity of the first was completed in late 2004 to keep up with demand, and a third million litre winery started operations in 2006. Sula has expanded from the original 30 acre family estate to about 1,800 acres (owned and contracted) under plantation, both in Nashik as well as in nearby Dindori, India’s upcoming wine region. Varietals planted include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel and Merlot along with Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Riesling. In addition to having a wide distribution network within India, Sula also exports its wines internationally, as well as importing and distributing wines from leading producers worldwide. In 2005, Sula proudly launched its first reserve wine, the Dindori Reserve Shiraz, as well as India’s first dessert wine, the Late Harvest Chenin Blanc.
The winery and vineyards are open to the public for educational tours, and the beautiful Tasting Room invites visitors to enjoy their favourite Sula wines amidst spectacular views of the vineyards and surrounding lakes and hills. The nearby Sula amphitheatre is an impressive location for events and social gatherings and is available for bookings. Visitors can now spend a few nights in paradise at BEYOND, Sula’s new exclusive accommodation on the vineyards with a beautiful lake view.
Firmly committed to remaining at the forefront of Indian wines, Sula continues to experiment with new varietals, engage in sustainable agriculture, support the local rural economy, and, of course, make wines of outstanding quality and superb value.
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The Winery of Good Hope – Bush Vine Chenin Blanc, 2017
The Winery of Good Hope – Bush Vine Chenin Blanc, 2017
The Winery of Good Hope – Bush Vine Chenin Blanc, 2017

Wonderfully lively, intense, fruity and beautifully balanced dry Chenin Blanc. With flavours of pears, sherbet and flint there is plenty of leesy mouthfeel and purity of fruit, whilst finishing with a refreshing lime and mineral length.

As the name suggests, this wine is the product of old bush vines, principally in the Helderberg area of Stellenbosch. They grow on extensively decomposed granite soils, situated on ocean-facing, gravelly slopes that are exposed to cooling sea breezes.

This Chenin is packed with vibrant, taut acidity, bags of fresh citrus fruit and beautiful, ripe texture – though mineral and restrained on the finish. These magnificently resilient, sturdy, old bush vines seem to produce impeccable fruit, year after year.

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Thierry Merlin-Cherrier – Sancerre, 2016
Thierry Merlin-Cherrier – Sancerre, 2016
Thierry Merlin-Cherrier – Sancerre, 2016

Thierry Merlin-Cherrier owns 13 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc in the village of Bue, one of the principle hamlets surrounding the old walled town of Sancerre. These soils have a high chalk content and as a result this Sancerre is distinguished by its perfume of citrus and minerals. It has finesse and precision combining typical firm structure with an aromatic, blackcurrant character and an extra richness of gooseberry and lees on a long, zesty finish.

 

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Tindall Vineyard – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2015
Tindall Vineyard – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2015
Tindall Vineyard – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2015

Very appealing fresh tropical notes of pineapple and citrus combined with mineral complexity. The palate is sweet and succulent with lively mouth feel.

Tindall Vineyard.

Tindall Vineyard is a family owned single vineyard, in the heart of the Marlborough, New Zealand wine region. The name honours Henry Tindall, grandfather of the brothers Clyde and Nigel Sowman who now run the estate.

Tindall Vineyard is renowned for it’s premium Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir grapes, and produces a selection of classical Marlborough wines utilising the talents of the acclaimed winemaker, Dr. John Forrest. The wines are produced from fully certified organically grown grapes

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Unoaked Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyards, 2014
Unoaked Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyards, 2014
Unoaked Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyards, 2014

Very pale in the glass this Unoaked Chardonnay is bright, light and fresh. With no exposure to oak we have retained the true characteristics of the varietal. Delicate and well balanced with citrus fruit and melon flavours, there are also hints of the natural local flora.

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Vermentino di Sardegna Costamolino, Argiolas, 2016
Vermentino di Sardegna Costamolino, Argiolas, 2016
Vermentino di Sardegna Costamolino, Argiolas, 2016

Aromas of pine and mint coupled with ripe stone fruit and citrus. The palate is at once vibrant and textural and finishes crisp. A  remarkably sophisticated, surprisingly complex, fruit-driven white.

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Villa Antinori Toscana Bianco IGT, 2016
Villa Antinori Toscana Bianco IGT, 2016
Villa Antinori Toscana Bianco IGT, 2016
  • Villa Antinori Bianco was produced for the first time in 1931 by Niccolò Antinori and since that date the label has remained virtually unaltered, as has the production philosophy, one which aims at the achievement of a strongly Tuscan character in the wine.
  • A straw yellow with greenish highlights in color, the wine shows elegant and subtle floral aromas with notes of citrus fruit. The taste is balanced with a fine persistence on the mineral-laced finish.
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