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Rojita Tiwari
Rojita Tiwari
Rojita Tiwari is an independent writer and consultant in the fields of wine and spirits, travel and hospitality. She is a WSET certified wine professional and is listed as one of the TOP TEN WOMEN OF WINE IN INDIA by the Indian Wine Academy. With more than 11 years of experience of working for several publications and more than 8 years of heading the editorial of India's leading alcobev magazine, she is now busy tasting, traveling, judging, writing and curating the first "Selection of India's Finest Wines" list.

India's Top 25 Finest Wines


12 - nov - 14

The recently announced ‘Top 25 Finest Wines of India’list could startle a few. While the Bangalore based SDU Winery’s SDU Syrah Reserve 2012 emerged as the highest scorer, there were some upsets too. “Selection of India’s Finest Wines”, the blind wine tasting event, which took place on 16-17 October at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club, Mumbai, is an initiative of the Mumbai Wine Club and the organisers of the Mumbai Wine Festival.This prestigious list aims to offer a platform to showcase the finest wines from the portfolio of Indian wine producers.

These Top 25 wines were the high scorers out of the total 82 wines that were judged by a panel of 8 well-known wine professionals of India. Besides myself, the jury included Subhash Arora (Editor delWine, New Delhi), Alok Chandra (writer and wine professional Bangalore), Sonal Holland (WSET Diploma holding wine educator currently with ITC), Sanjay Menon, Craig Wedge, Vishal Kadakia (fine wine importers) and wine and spirits trainer and mixologist Shatbhi Basu (Mumbai).These wines were sourced from Sula Vineyards, Grover Zampa, Four Seasons, Fratelli Vineyards, Vintage Wi

nes (Reveillo), York Wines, Myra Vineyards, Vallone Vineyards, Pernod-Ricard Seagram’s Nine Hills, Charosa Vineyards, Domaine Chandon India, Alpine Vineyards, Big Banyan, Krsma Estates, Good Drop and the SDU Winery.

Why India’s Finest?

From just a handfull of producers producing a few quality wines to now several of Indian wines winning awards and accolards in nyinternational competitions, we have come a long way. It is time to take notice and acknowledge these fine wine producers who are passionate, dedicated and are seriosuly working towards establishing their brands in the domestic as well as internaitonal markets. They are constantly fightingto change the obsolete image that Indian wines have borne for a long time. This annual event will offer a chance to those wine producers to find a place in this elite list and help improve the overall demeanor of Indian wines. In the process it will offer a chance to the wine lovers to taste and experience the best that India has to offer. 

Here is the list of Top 25 Finest Wines of India.

SPARKLING WINE

DomaineChandon India- Chandon Brut Rose (Pinot Noir, Syrah) 2013

WHITE WINE

Seagram’s Nine Hills Chenin Blanc 2014

KRSMA Estates Chardonnay 2013

SDU Winery- SDU Deva Chardonnay Reserve 2013  

Seagram’s Nine Hills Viognier2012     

Grover Zampa Sauvignon Blanc2014

Charosa Vineyards Selections Sauvignon Blanc Charosa Valley 2013

ROSE WINE

Sula Vineyards Rose (Zinfandel) 2014

Vallonne Vineyards Rose (Cabernet Sauvignon) 2013

RED WINE

Single Varietal

SDU Syrah Reserve 2012

Vallonne Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Classique2011 (Reserve)

Charosa Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012

Big Banyan Limited Shiraz (2010)

FratelliSangiovese2013

ReveiloSangiovese 2013

SDU Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

York Winery Shiraz 2012

Vallonne Vineyards Merlot 2012

SDU Shiraz 2013

Blended

Grover Zampa-Grover La Reserve (Cab Sauv, Shiraz) 2012

FratelliSette (Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc)2010

York Winery – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot 2012

Grover Zampa-ZampaChene Grand Reserve (Tempranillo, Syrah) 2012

SWEET WINE

Vallonne Vineyards Vin de Passerillage 2013

Sula Vineyards Late Harvest Chenin Blanc 2013

 

The writer is an Independent Wine and Spirits Journalist and also the curator of  ‘Selection of India’s Finest Wines’.She can be contacted on e-mail: rojitapadhy@gmail.com or follow her on twitter @rojitatiwari.    

 

Note:

These wines were scored between 0-20 and wines scoring above 12.5 have found place in the India’s Finest Wines List for the year 2014.  To see the top 50 high scoring wines please refer to the “Celebrating India’s Finest 50 Wines” list (TO BE OUT SOON).




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