Which Wine? by Reva K. Singh

Quarciabella Camartina IGT 2010
A Super Tuscan wine on par with the finest Super Tuscans from the region, Camartina is produced from three tiny vineyards in limited quantities with just 3,500 bottles per hectare from the best vines, the best grapes, the best barrels and the best years. A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese grapes, only 10,000 bottles of the 2010 vintage were released. Querciabella respects the personality of specific sites and practices cruelty-free biodynamics with no animal derived products used in the grape growing or winemaking, making it an ideal wine for vegans and vegetarians. A collector’s item. Price on request.

M/S Red and M/S White
The latest release from Fratelli Vineyards is the fruition of a unique collaboration between two stalwarts of the
frateinternational wine world. Piero Masi, winemaker of 40 years’ experience and 58 harvests, and Steven Spurrier, internationally renowned wine writer and critic, the M and S respectively of the new label. M/S Red is a fruity 60% sangiovese, 20% cabernet sauvignon and 20% syrah blend with ripe tannins and a long, savoury finish while the M/S white is 20% sauvignon blanc and 80% chardonnay. An amalgam of floral and fruity notes, it has invigorating acidity and a palate of yellow fruit flavours. A great aperitif and food wine, Fratelli’s latest label – the brainchild of two international wine experts, developed from the Indian terroir – should be a staple on every restaurant wine list. Price Rs 1,170 each.

Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir 2014
Cono Sur Vineyards, founded in 1993 is a relatively young winery in the southern cone of South America (hence its name) in Chile’s Central Valley. The third biggest export from Chile, it is one of the world’s leading producers of Pinot Noir. Producing expressive, innovative wines, Cono Sur’s three mantras are technology, quality and respect for the environment. A balanced new world style wine, the Bicicleta 2014 has mellow tannins and a rich mouth-filling texture of black cherries, toasted oak and sweet spice notes of cinnamon and star anise. This is a wine of personality and elegance. Serve slightly chilled at 16° to 18° Celsius. Distributed by Sula Selections, Cono Sur is the official wine sponsor of Tour de France 2016.
Price Rs 1,300.

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