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. At Sula, they believe in being a steward of the land and follow sustainable practices. As an eco-friendly company, a significant amount of resources is committed to sustainable winemaking practices and ensuring fair livelihoods for Sula’s community of farmers across Maharashtra and Karnataka. A large number of Sula’s workers come from disadvantaged communities and have seen a significant change in their standard of living through their employment with the company; this has been nothing short of a revolution in the surrounding villages.
The vintage saw mainly warm and dry weather, except for when the Monsoon rains arrived, which helped to refresh the vines and replenish soil water reserves. 2019 was one of Sula’s best vintages in terms of quality, delivering a good balance of flavours and natural acidity.
The grapes were grown in the picturesque sub-district of Nashik, Dindori which features gentle hills of red laterite and basalt rock. Dindori is one of the best regions for the cultivation of red wine grapes as they flourish in these lighter soils. Well-drained soils on the slopes give way to heavier, clay soils on the valley floors. Clean air, plenty of monsoon rain and a cool climate all contribute to Dindori’s terroir. The vines are trained on a high trellising system, which helps to maximise airflow, keeping the vines healthy and disease free.
The grapes were cold soaked and fermented at controlled temperatures of between 25° to 30°C, with regular and gentle pumping-over to extract flavour and tannins. The wine was matured in American oak barrels for 12 months, to round out the tannins and impart delicate complexity.
A deeply coloured, full-flavoured Shiraz, with pronounced aromas of sun-ripened dark cherry, sweet spice and a hint of vanilla. Rich, dark fruits follow through on the full bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long finish.
Shiraz 95%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%.