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Producer: FratelliGrape Varieties: Shiraz 85%, Cabernet Franc 15%Optimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Spicy slightly earthy ShirazAlcohol by Volume: 12%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: India
This Shiraz based blend is deep ruby red in colour, with aromas of plum, blackberry and spice, along with subtle hints of typical earthiness and leather on the nose. A smooth texture on the balanced palate and a pleasant finish.
Fratelli means ‘brothers’ in Italian and three sets of brothers from Italy and India have combined their passion and desire to produce wines made in India, following Italian traditions. Their passion, love and hard work have resulted in the creation of Fratelli Wines, a modern winery located in Akluj in the Solapur district. The winery holds 58 tanks of varying capacities in which they make the wines from their own estate. The estate vineyards cover 97 hectares, across three different sites at Motewadi, Garwad and Nimgaon. The vineyards have been planted with 13 different grape varieties imported from France. The viticultural and winemaking expertise has been provided by Piero Masi, a master winemaker from Tuscany and creator of the famous 'Chianti Classico Casa Sola'. The rest of the world is now invited to taste the resulting wines.
The grapes for this wine come from Plot E and B in Garwar. The vineyard is located at 548 metres above sea level and sits on rocky, sandy soils that are alkaline in composition. Trained according to the Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) system, the vines are planted to a density of 4000 plants per hectare, with a north-south orientation. The grapes are carefully harvested by hand in the mornings between 7am and 11am, before the heat of the day, to retain the natural freshness in the berries.
The two varieties were fermented separately at controlled temperatures of between 20 and 25°C in stainless steel for between 10 to 15 days. Once the fermentation had completed, the two wines were blended and then aged in stainless steel tanks for a period of six months, preserving the fruity characteristics of the blend.
Ideal with Indian spicy dishes such a Lamb biryani, a Thai beef stir-fry or an Aubergine Parmigiana.
Shiraz 85%, Cabernet Franc 15%
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