Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, sparkling wine by any other name, has enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence over the last few years in India as celebratory friend, a brunch buddy and that go to drink
for all occasions. But what is it about this still wine with bubbles, that has everyone in India slightly a ga-ga.
From France to Oz, to the US of A to Timbuktu, it is made these days in one of two main methods of production; Méthode Champenoise or the traditional method (think sparkling wine made in the
bottle ie; Champagne) or Metodo Italiano, (think sparkling wine made under pressure in tanks ie; Prosecco). And to be honest, here, it doesn’t matter which method is used. Both offer the wine
maker the potential opportunity to create something quite special and unique.
And so it was with this notion that Piero Masi and his winemaking team at Fratelli decided it was high time to create a sparkling wine to add to the stable of table wines created in Akluj, Maharashtra Because of what seems to be a never-ending level of vineyard consistency, the quality of the Chenin Blanc presents Piero with a very high-quality base from which to create the Fratelli sparkling wines.
All great wines are made in the vineyard first, and it is with this same notion the Fratelli Gran Cuvee Brut Zero Dosage was born. And no, you don’t need a science degree to get around the name of the wine….
The literal translation; Zero Dosage, meaning the best wine of our tanks, in this case, Chenin Blanc,Brut, meaning dry with a little touch of remaining sweetness and Zero Dosage meaning there is no addition of sugar. It’s all about optimum ripeness and no adulteration here folks, and what you get is a world-class bubbles that tastes every bit as good as the look of the bottle it is produced in. And it won’t cost you an arm and a leg when you hit your pocket.
Lively, vibrant acidity with a delicate yet persistently tingly mousse of tiny bubbles. Lots of flavours – very minerally – amid a cocktail of citrus, melon and orchard fruit. Very refreshing and long with a lovely bready/yeasty note on the finish. Sparkling wines are very versatile at the table. I would venture to say that they are probably the most versatile wine style when it comes to food. Of course, the Fratelli Gran Cuvee Brut Zero Dosage can be enjoyed as a refreshing apéritif, but no need to stop there. It holds its own all through a meal.
It is great with shellfish and a variety of fish dishes, or vegetarian dishes especially ones with a creamy or buttery sauce, as the acidity in the wine, accentuated by the bubbles cuts right
through the rich sauce. It also works very well with white meat such as pork, rabbit and of course chicken.