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You Need These 10 Indian Red Wines on Your Shelf

Indian Red Wines

You’re likely to meet a crowd of wine fans at every bar you visit now since Indians took longer to develop a taste for wine. Just like spirits fans, wine lovers are devoted to experimentation and tend to rely on a few classics. While Indian Red Wines culture evolves slowly but significantly, wineries on the subcontinent are making strides to bring us newer, better wines, helping us to develop a more sophisticated palate for wine. 

There are several Indian Red Wines that have proved to be of stellar quality, and offer remarkable taste in India’s growing red wine market. We appreciate the commendable growth in Indian wines, and while a new favorite gets added every so often, we want to acknowledge the ones we’ve loved thus far. So, here are our picks for the 10 best Indian red wines you should try. 

1. Bodega Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard

There was no easy task picking our top wine, but this 2016 Malbec will be a hit regardless of who pours it. This is a wine that offers a lot of complexity and detail, which will be apparent in every sip. Among the best-rated wines, it’s a critic’s favorite and great for enjoying over dinner with family and friends. 

Possibly Catena’s best wine yet, it’s full-bodied and layered, flavoursome and elegant at the same time, dense and fresh. A wine to please the masses, but one you can save for yourself. Aromatized with notes of roses, pine needles, spice, and tobacco, this is a wine that keeps on giving. You’ll enjoy its bold flavor and structure. 

2. Grgich Hills Estate

This 2016 Chardonnay from Grgich Hills is a fresh and well-balanced wine at an affordable price. It is full and well rounded with intense, fruity notes and is creamy and flavorful. With pears, apples, pineapples, peaches, and honey flavors, this wine is produced with biodynamically grown grapes. 

3. Screaming Eagle

Screaming Eagle takes the top spot for producing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon and is a name that is heard over and over again when talking about high quality wine. Wine with a dark red color and a wide range of flavours, this wine is very full-bodied. The brand only sells 400 to 600 cases of the wine each year, and it’s produced in limited quantities. A bottle is worth holding onto if you can get your hands on one. 

Spring flowers, graphite, creme de cassis, kirsch and liquorice can be tasted in this opulent wine, which has a range of firm, deep and rich flavors. Before being bottled and sold, it’s aged in French oak barrels of 65 percent new wood for almost two years.

4. Sette by Fratelli Wines 

Featuring rich flavors of smoky coffee and chocolate, topped off with a long, lingering finish, this red wine is delicious. Fratelli’s Sette is a wine vertical made by a premium homegrown company that has set a benchmark for Indian wines.

With the first vintage dating back to 2009, the commendable Indian wine label Sette has triumphantly answered the age-old question “can Indian wines age?”.

A woody and smoky aroma greets the nose, followed by notes of tobacco and dark plum. 

5. Heitz Cellar

Known for its unique microclimate, Martha’s Vineyard had an especially good harvest in 2014. Its aroma of bay leaf, mint, anise and dark chocolate, coupled with its distinctive taste, make it one of the best Cabernet Sauvignons money can buy. 

Prior to release, the wine aged in new French oak barrels for three years, another year in neutral oak barrels, and one more year in bottles. A smooth, classic red wine with hints of sweet black fruit, fresh red plums, and warm vanilla, it’s a real pleasure to drink. Typically, the red fruit and orange peel will be crisp and the ripeness will only deepen with age.

6. Four Seasons Barrique Reserve Shiraz

With stunning smoky and earthy flavours in every sip, the Reserve Shiraz by Four Seasons is a complex, full-bodied wine. Due to its excellent taste and deep palate, this wine is one of the best Indian reds on the market today.

With a deep purple hue and ripe blackberry notes, the wine boasts a powerful combination of plummy and blackberry flavors.

Upon swirling, the aroma of warm fruits and dry spices enchants your nose.

With grilled vegetables, softly spiced red meats, or mushroom dishes, this delightful red goes well. 

7. Wayfarer

The 2014 Golden Mean from Wayfarer offers light to medium body, fruit-forward Pinot Noir. With earthiness and exotic Asian spice, it’s a wine that enjoyed slowly to fully appreciate every flavor. It’s a sophisticated wine with a broad range of fruity and perfumed notes, like raspberry, peach, violet and red cherries.

As you continue to sip, you will discover more flavors of pomegranate, cinnamon stick, and toast, making this an intriguing wine to taste slowly. When left to age, it should develop more spicy notes, making it a bottle that’s enjoyable right now or even more so in the future.

8. La Reserve by Grover Zampa 

La Reserve by Grover Zampa, awarded Gold at the Silk Route Awards 2016 under the Asia wine category. This wine has a flavoursome bouquet of ripe red and black fruits, as well as spicy aromas.

When you take a sip of this elegant red wine, your tongue greeted with flavor notes of chocolate, vanilla and coffee bean, as well as smooth tannins that leave a pleasant aftertaste.

One of the most respected red wines from India is this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. 

Indian Red Wines

9. Cloudy Bay

A favourite among Cloudy Bay fans is its 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, a fresh and intense wine. Fruity white wine made with layers of guava, gooseberry, tropical fruits, and fresh herbs. 

Indian Red Wines

10. Terlato Family Vineyards

Terlato Family Vineyards’ 2018 Friuli Pinot Grigio from the Friuli Colli Orientali region in northeastern Italy is one of its most outstanding bottles. White wine with tangy flavours, it offers peach and pear aromas, along with stone fruit and honeysuckle. Despite its modest price, it has a lot of complexity and medium-bodied.

Indian Red Wines

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