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Four Seasons Wines adds a red wine blend exclusively for hotels & restaurants

To commence wine tours at Baramati winery and vineyards

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 12:00 Hrs  [IST]
Bhisham Mansukhani| Mumbai

Four Seasons Wines has added a red wine blend to the Indian premium red wine segment exclusively for pouring at hotels and stand- alones. The Diageo-owned wine producer is also poised for a rose sparkling launch later this year as well as creating a range of bespoke wine tourism experiences at its sprawling Baramati winery and 50-acre vineyard.

 The wine producer released its first ever red blend in August, called the Vintner's Reserve Select Barrels. The winery released 1,200 bottles in August and will ship another 7,200 bottles over the next few quarters across specific markets including Mumbai, Bengaluru and Pune as well as, interestingly, Arunachal Pradesh and Kolkata.

The Vintner’s Reserve is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz and was produced in 2011, aged in new and used French oak barrels for two years and subsequently bottle aged for another two years before its mid-2016 release.

Abhay Kewadkar, Chief Wine Maker and Head, Four Seasons Wines told Hospitality Biz that the Vintners Reserve will be available exclusively at hotels and restaurants where he believes, the storage and service of the red wine blend will do the tasting experience justice since he’s confident this is “the best wine we’ve made since the winery’s inception.”

 He described the wine’s palate as “abounding with notes of ripe, dark fruit, sweet vanilla notes from the oak barrels and supple tannins.” While on the ABV limit of 14.5 per cent, he says the alcohol is well integrated to retain fruit expression. Kewadkar added that the wine represented his overall oenological approach that focuses on highlighting varietal expression which is decidedly new world while also adding structure and tempering acidity using the Sur Lie method that involves extended contact for the wine with lees (dead yeast) immediately after fermentation.

Kewadkar also spoke about the imminent release of a sparkling rose wine made entirely from Shiraz, due for release towards the end of the year. “The sparkling rose is intended to be a fruit forward, easy drinking wine with notes of black currant and plums and just a hint of yeast. We will be focused more on rose sparkling to begin with. Produced using the Méthode Traditionelle, this wine has been sometime in making and we’re now happy with the style that’s ready for release in late 2016.”

He also emphasized the winery’s renewed focus on wine tourism at its Chateauesque facility, which along with a working winery also houses more than 20 tastefully appointed rooms, as well as tasting room and restaurant.

The winery had recently hosted a poolside media brunch to release the Vintners Reserve as well as showcase wine tourism experiences. The tourism activities include extensive tank and barrel tastings at the tasting and barrel room and an extensive tour of the winery while the vineyards can be toured on foot or with bicycles. The winery located near the village of Roti is a two-hour drive from Pune.

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