As we ponder the thought of another year passing and the dawn of a new, it gives us time to take stock of what was and what surely can be. In the world that is wine and more so the world of Indian wine made by Fratelli, there are certainly ample things to take stock of.
Be it new labels and wines for the market, a medal or two in recognition, Mother Nature’s drought wrath, the continual upgrading of winery production capacities or another year in barrel of some very special liquid, the entire team have been very hard at work in the vineyards and in the winery to counter all that comes our way, both good and bad, to ensure that what makes it to market is still the very best we can offer from our little part of the world in Akluj..
With the market release of this vintage of 2015, the SETTE offers the more discerning drinker the 5th installment of perhaps the most inspiring of Indian wine stories. It also proffers up the chance to delve deeper into the slow revolution of the Indian wine landscape and into the darkest recesses of the mind of Piero Masi, the creative thinker behind everything in the bottle at Fratelli..
If you haven’t heard the story before, it is as I earlier stated, the quintessential ‘sum of the parts’.. 3 sets of brothers from 3 families and a Tuscan winemaker, partners and ‘Brothers on a quest to make the very best Indian wine. The finest 2% of all our 240 acres of wine estates . An ode to Super Tuscany, in its core of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Hand pruned and hand harvested by the local women of the surrounding villages and hutments. The use of the finest and the most very special of French oak. The culmination of 40 years of Tuscan experience of SETTE’S patriarch, Piero Masi, and the most important aspect of all; Father Time. Time for all these parts mentioned and others that matter, to sit, to merge, to integrate and to evolve into something simply quite amazing from both an Indian and international wine standard viewpoint. And may I add, Something certainly worth waiting for ..
And like all things of high quality where time is the essence, there is not much of the liquid to go around. At last count 2000 odd cases of 12..
So, what’s exactly in store when you pull the cork out of this bottle.
To sum it up in as least number of wine terms and nonsense as I can, this wine is nothing short of delicious.
Whilst the nose portrays’ a more gentlemen’s club masculinity, resplendent in rich coffee chocolate notes, old sweat leather and cigar-box spiciness, if you can keep your nose in the glass long enough, Christmas cake fruitiness and a whiff of sweet coconut ice and vanillin cream round out the aroma. The palate of this wines is more ethereal in its guise. The wine once out of the glass, offers somewhat of a paradox from the nose to the mouth, with a beautifully elegant texture, a mouthfeel lined with super fine-grained tannins, impeccable structure and an immaculate depth of flavour. The word Svelte comes to my mind as the best way to sum it up in one word…
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is Indian wine. Just about as good as it gets!!
Drink and be happy!!!