Akluj, Mahārāshtra. India
80% Chardonnay , 20% Sauvignon Blanc
This is a joint venture between Piero Masi, a Tuscan winemaker we first came across in the mid-1980s when he worked for Paolo De Marchi at Isole e Olena, and wine writer, producer and innovator Steven Spurrier, who founded the Wine Society of India on one of his frequent visits. They met through Kapil and Gaurav Sekhri, whose winery, Fratelli Vineyards, is based in Akluj (Mahārāshta), on the right bank of the Nira River about 170 kilometres south of Pune.
Pale yellow with a hint of green in appearance, on the nose the wine has floral notes alongside white summer fruits. This is a medium bodied wine with expressive ripe fruit, invigorating acidity and a long finish