M/S, Akluj Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc, India
The modern Indian Wine market is small but growing; annual per capita consumption of wine in the country is a mere 9mm, approximately 1/8000th that of France. This wine is a joint venture between Piero Masi, a Tuscan winemaker and wine writer, producer and innovator Steven Spurrier, who founded the Wine Society of India on one of his frequent visits. They met through Kapil and Gaurav Sekhri, whose winery, Fratelli Vineyards, is based in Akluj (Mahārāshta), on the right bank of the Nira River about 170 kilometres south of Pune.
The Chardonnay helps to balance out the sharpness of the Sauvignon. It’s a fascinating wine to drink. Pale yellow with a hint of green in appearance, on the nose the wine has floral notes alongside white summer fruits. This is a medium-bodied wine with expressive ripe fruit, invigorating acidity and a long finish.