Indian wines are going places! At Asia’s largest wine competition – Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2013 – the Akluj-based winery Fratelli bagged a silver medal for the SETTE 2010 and a commended medal for the Chenin Blanc 2013. Created by the famed Tuscan winemaker Piero Masi, the wines were judged in Hong Kong in mid-September (Set 16-19). Forty wine experts from all over Asia conducted a blind tasting to choose the best wines out of 2,300 entries of which about 16 were from India.
The Decanter Asia Wine Awards are co-chaired by Jeannie Cho Lee MW, the first Asian master of wine and a contributing editor to Decanter, and Steven Spurrier, wine expert, chairman of the Decanter World Wine Awards, and co-chairman with Reva K. Singh of the Sommelier India Wine Competition 2009, the first wine competition by Indians, for Indians. See SIWC for more.
While Fratelli was the only silver medal winner, there were other Indian wines that caught the judges attention with nine Bronze and four Commended wines.
Fratelli Wines, Sette VII, Baramati, Maharashtra 2010
Grover Vineyards, Art Collection Sauvignon Blanc, Nandi Hills, Bangalore 2013
Grover Vineyards, Art Collection Rosé, Nandi Hills, Bangalore 2013
Grover Vineyards, La Reserve, Nandi Hills, Bangalore 2011
Ritu, Sauvignon Blanc, Sahyadri Valley, Baramati, Maharashtra 2013
Sula Zinfandel, Nashik 2012
Sula Vineyards, Rasa Shiraz, Nashik 2011
Vallonné Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon Classique, Nashik 2009
Vallonné Vineyards, Malbec, Nashik 2011
Zampa, Soirée Brut, Nandi Hills, Bangalore NV
Fratelli Wines, Chenin Blanc, Baramati, Maharashtra 2013
Grover Vineyards, Art Collection Cabernet-Shiraz, Nandi Hills, Bangalore 2011
Sula Vineyards, Chenin Blanc, Nashik 2012
Sula Vineyards, Dindori Reserve Shiraz, Nashik 2012
Absolutely thrilled to pieces about Fratelli’s victory, Kapil Sekhri, co-promoter & director, Fratelli Wines said, “”SETTE is Piero’s signature blend and we are very proud of this vintage. After the success of the SETTE 2009, to see the 2010 blend being appreciated at International wine competitions is an absolute delight. Our aim is to win a Gold medal, we will work harder towards it and will not rest till we achieve it.”
Awards seem to flow for Fratelli because in July, the Chenin Blanc (that boasts light lemony notes) won a “Bronze medal” at the International Wine Challenge 2013 in London.
About SETTE 2010: The second most premium vintage from Fratelli – the SETTE 2010 has been created with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. As a barrel-aged red wine that is matured in French oak for 14 months, it is Piero Masi’s signature blend.
Wine notes: Citrusy flavour of ripe fruits with hints of vanilla.
Best served at temperatures between 15ºC and 18ºC | Price: Rs 1,720
About Chenin Blanc 2012: The Fratelli Chenin Blanc is a well-crafted wine made from 100% Chenin Blanc grapes in a dry style.
Wine notes: Fratelli’s Chenin Blanc offers fresh fruit and floral notes with smooth acidity and palatability. The wine is well balanced with notes of apple, greengage, and chalky minerals developing into more honey, acacia, and quince aromas. Best served at temperatures between 8ºC and 12ºC | Price: Rs 580