Here at the Cellars Wine Club Blog, we have three goals. The first is to educate wine beginners in their newly-discovered love for the vine. Second, we strive to inspire veteran wine enthusiasts to pursue new wines from developing regions, discover wine history, and revel in the classics. Our third ambition is to encourage the enjoyment of quality wine. It is our desire that readers of this blog walk away from each post with a sense of expertise and excitement.
How do we achieve these goals? Well, one way is through Wine Wednesday. This weekly article features several unique wines from the region of the week. This Thanksgiving week, for example, we have discussed India and the strides the Indian wine industry has made in recent years. Therefore, today’s post will explore two Indian wines from the Syrah grape variety.
Reveilo Reserve Syrah
First on the list is a wine from the Reveilo brand. Standing as one of the finest producers of wine in India, Reveilo is tied with an Italian group “Enofly”. This partnership has enabled Reveilo wineries to adopt advanced winemaking techniques and produce quality rarely seen in India. Their pioneering efforts have resulted in several fine wines, including a reserve Syrah.
Also known as Shiraz, the Syrah grape variety is famous for its growth in the French wine region of Rhône. Reveilo has excelled with Syrah. After aging for a year in European oak barrels, this fine red emerges with a smoky character that is accompanied by peppery and dark berry flavours. Reviewers often compare Reveilo’s Syrah to that of Australia, where the style leans towards tannic and robust.
Chateau D’Ori Cabernet Syrah
Known as the wine capital of India, the Nashik region contains some of the most prestigious Indian wineries in existence. Chateau D’Ori has more than earned its place among those respected wine estates. In fact, Chateau D’Ori is one of the few Indian winemakers to exclusively use its own grapes.
Unlike Reveilo’s Syrah, this wine is a blend between the Syrah grape variety and the well-known Cabernet Sauvignon. The result is rich, well balanced flavours, with hints of vanilla crystallized red fruit. High quality and surprisingly affordable, it is also recognized for its ability to age incredibly well, bearing a soft tannin after some time in your cellar. According to Chateau D’Ori’s website, “…the hand of famed oenologist M. Fakorellis [was] responsible for the deep colour and complex structure of this wine”. Any wine enthusiast is highly encouraged to experience this fantastic wine.