Whispers about Sula launching a new Sparkling wine and its mysterious timing that was coinciding quite obviously with another sparkling wine launch, turned out to be true, reports Suneeta Sodhi Kanga, who attended the unveiling of new complex vintages with sleek new packaging to Sula’s existing sparkling wine portfolio on October 14.
Rajeev Samant, CEO and Founder, Sula Vineyards introduced guests to Sula’s sparkling wine range and engaged them with a tasting of the Sula Brut, Brut Rosé and Seco. The unveiling took place at Sula’s newest addition at the vineyard, “The Tasting Cellar”. A charming room that was initially their bottling plant has now been cleverly converted into a very European looking quaint new tasting room.
We were pleased to note that Sula Brut is an ever more complex blend of five classic grape varieties now – Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Sultana, Shiraz and Pinot Noir. It is one of the few Méthode Champenoise wines in the world to be crafted from five different grapes, and the result was an orchestra on the palate with the notes and the bouquets tantalizing and teasing. When you swirl the pale gold liquid in the glass, a perky whiff of citrus makes you want to capture the aroma and let it linger in your nostrils. Pineapple and roses, you think as you touch your lips to your glass and savour the tart taste.
Sula Brut Rosé is a significant step up in the quality chain with the addition of Pinot Noir – the most important red grape of Champagne – to the “cuvée”. After years of painstaking work, Pinot Noir is the latest proud addition to the vineyards of Nashik. Sula Brut Rosé is now a blend of Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Chenin Blanc. And Master Winemaker Ajoy Shaw displayed once again the magic that comes alive in Sula’s offerings with that hint of strawberry and peach that characterized the Rosé Sparkling.
The fruity and heady flavours orchestrated once again with the taste buds to transport us far and away. According to Rajeev, both the Brut and Brut Rosé are crafted in the true “Méthode Champenoise” or méthode traditionnelle style, with a secnd fermentation in the bottle and aged in Sula’s underground estate cellars, The Brut is aged for a minimum of 15 months and Brut Rosé for a minimum of 12 months, resulting in exceptionally smooth, creamy, complex wines with very fine bubbles.
Sula Seco – light, crisp and sparkling – is perfect for mixing into your favourite champagne cocktail, be it a Kir Royale, Bellini or Mimosa. It is slightly sweet, and ideal as an everyday aperitif.
Firmly committed to remaining at the forefront of Indian wines, Sula continues to experiment with new varietals, engage in sustainable agriculture and support the local rural economy. Sula is aiming to become one of the world’s most sustainable wine producers.
At dinner in their lovely restaurants, Soma and Little Italy, Rajeev also announced Sula’s foray into the gourmet food segment with the launch of Sula’s pure Grape Seed Oil – India’s first Grape Seed Oil made wholey from the byproducts of wine. Besides being good for cooking and drizzling on salads, it also promises to be a super massage oil as it is laden with antioxidants.
Rosé Brut priced at Rs. 1075, Sula Brut at Rs. 875, Seco at Rs. 495 and the oil at Rs. 295 are right in time for the most sparkling season of the year!