Sula Vineyards, Maharashtra, Chenin Blanc 2019


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The grapes were gently whole bunch pressed. The must was slowly fermented for 25 to 30 days at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks, retaining the purity of fruit of the Chenin Blanc grape. The wine was left to settle for approximately two months.

Situated in Nashik, India’s largest grape-growing region, Sula Vineyards was set up in 1997 by Rajeev Samant & Kerry Damsky. They pioneered the growing of 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 is broadly recognised as India’s premium wine producer. The vineyard is located in Nashik, to the north of Mumbai in the Western Ghats Mountains. The vines are grown at approximately 600 metres above sea level. The climate here is mild in the winter with temperatures of approximately 10°C, rising to 35°C in the summer. Rainfall can be high. The vines are grown in red soils with gravel and clay, which has a high iron content and good drainage.


Aromas of quince and bruised apple combine with tropical fruit flavours and smoky undertones.


The slight sweetness is well balanced by a fresh finish. Green apple and pear combine with tropical fruit flavours and mineral undertones. A notable acidity and hint of white pepper give this wine refreshing character.