Indian sparkling on center stage
There is something about bubbles in a flute that gets everyone excited. And while Champagne epitomizes this feeling, it is not a very pocket friendly option. However winemakers at Sula and Grover Zampa have tried their hands at it and have fared reasonably well offering sparkling wines to Indian consumers. Now we patiently await other producers to introduce their sparkling offerings.
Fratelli Wines for instance. According to them sparkling wines is one of the fastest growing categories in India with about 94,000 cases sold in 2012. It is a wine style which they are keen on adding to their portfolio. The wine is scheduled to be introduced sometime in September this year and will be priced between Rs. 995-1,250 depending on the state.
The wine will be very international in style made using the traditional Method Champanoise. It will have the typical bready-yeast notes with a very good acidity and mineral undertones. Fine bubbles with a clean finish will make it an elegant wine suitable for various occasions.
York Winery too has been working on a Rose sparkling. Kailash Gurnani winemaker of York Winery, informed Indian Wine List that if all goes well, they should be introducing their sparkling in the market mid of 2014.
This is what Gurnani had to say about the wine about a year back and still in its early days.
Reports and rumors are rife that Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) is working towards setting up their own winery in India to develop Indian sparkling wines and will be introducing their 2012 vintage in October this year. However the company is officially unable to confirm any of these details at the moment as they await announcement from Paris.
Sula has three sparkling varieties, Rose Brut, Brut and Secco. We are quite impressed with their Rose Brut. The Brut and Rose Brut are sparklings made using Method Champanoise. Sula Brut priced at Rs 750 is a blend of Chenin Blanc and a few other varietals, while Sula Brut Rose, at Rs 950 is blend on Chenin Blanc and Zinfandel. Secco is their lower end sparkling where the fermentation and bubbles are produced in the steel tanks. It is priced at Rs. 395.
Here is what Ajoy Shaw, Sula’s winemaker has to say about the wines.
Similarly, Zampa’s sparkling wines have also been in the market. Zampa Soiree Brut is available at Rs. 606 and Zampa Soire Brut Rose at Rs. 1090.