Sula Sauvignon Blanc 2011

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Situated in Nashik, India’s largest grape-growing region, Sula Vineyards was set uyp in 1997 by Rajeev Samant & Kerry Damsky. They pioneered the French grape varieties Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc which were first released in 2000 to wide acclaim as India’s best white wines. Sula now cultivates Shiraz and Zinfandel amongst other international varieties and broadly recognized as India’s premium wine producer.

Region: India » Nashik

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Color: White
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
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Sula Vineyards (Samant Soma Wines):
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 al... Read more
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, 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 brand, 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 1500 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 national 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. Read less
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External Reviews for Sula Sauvignon Blanc

External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
11/19/2012

Commended Medal International Wine Challenge 2009


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
11/19/2012

Bronze Medal at IFE India 2008 Commended Medal International Wine Challenge 2009 Sula Vineyards is at the forefront of the Indian Wine revolution set up by Rajeev Samant and Kerry Damsky in 1997. Their award-winning Indian Wines are available in the best hotels & restaurants worldwide. Sula pioneered the cultivation of French grapes in India and the Sula Sauvignon Blanc was first released in 2000 to what many reported as being Indias best white wine. Grapes : Sauvignon Blanc Region : India / Nashik Maker : Kerry Damskey Taste : Herbaceous, crisp and dry, with hints of green pepper, fresh cut grass and a touch of spice. Racy Gooseberry acaidity with a dry and crisp finish, this wine is well balanced with good acidity. Serve : Serve chilled, 8-10°C, with spicy food, especially coastal dishes as well as lightly flavoured Asian cuisine, salads and fuller flavoured seafood. ABV : 13.5%



Tasting Notes:

Aromas of cut grass, green peppers and spice. Gooseberry and racy acidity on the palate. Dry and crisp with a moderately long finish

Situated in Nashik, India’s largest grape-growing region, Sula Vineyards was set uyp in 1997 by Rajeev Samant & Kerry Damsky. They pioneered the French grape varieties Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc which were first released in 2000 to wide acclaim as India’s best white wines. Sula now cultivates Shiraz and Zinfandel amongst other international varieties and broadly recognized as India’s premium wine producer.

Closure: Stelvin

Aged 1 months in Steel.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5%

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