हेलो महाराष्ट्र: Sula Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2008, Nashik, Maharashtra

Wow, my first wine from India. In my opinion a fantastically beautiful and shocking country at the same time. By the way, absolutely recommendable for adventurous and more than slightly stressful holidays. But I digress!

Once advised by some other beautiful thing, Michel Rolland, Sula vineyards developed to one of the leading winemakers in India. Established in 1993 by Rajeev Suresh Samant, a successful IT businessman, they proved that even classical European varietals like Chenin Blanc or Riesling can grow properly on subcontinent soil. Let’s have a look how properly:
My nose grabbed scents of fennel, white pepper, some petrol and quite a lot of lime. My first impression of the taste said to me: off-dry or semi-dry (like indicated on the bottle). Well OK not problem about that. Maybe an even advantage!? And indeed there were no faults or flaws. Unfortunately there was no excitement or downright vitality either. To be frank, it was a bit’y boring. I tasted flavours of freshly baked white bread, light smoke and lemons. Maybe a bit too much single-track like. I take a reckless guess: Probably past its peak! But not a lot! Still likeable! In conclusion: a harmless, uncomplicated light summer wine from wine-no-man’s-land for too much money.

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