Sula's Guide to Red Wines - Sula Vineyards

Sula’s Guide to Red Wines

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Whether you love sparkling red wines for your special celebrations, or you’re more attuned to classic red wines, with this in-depth article about our red wines, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect match for every occasion!
But before we jump into Sula’s exciting collection of red wines, let’s first understand what goes into making it such a unique and special alcoholic beverage.


What is Red Wine?

Simply put, red wine is the delicious elixir made by fermenting dark-skinned grape juice. In the process of making red wines, the winemakers mix something called ‘must’ (pressed grape juice) with dark-grape skins and then macerate and ferment this mixture. This unique winemaking process infuses the wine with flavour, tannins and gives it a red hue.
At Sula, we've perfected the winemaking process to produce some of the best wines in India, including award-winning red wines! We're proud of having crafted a range of wines, par excellence through a long-drawn process of trial-and-error, experimenting, and using the latest technology.


What are the benefits of red wine?

Most red wines are packed with tannins that have tons of health benefits. And it’s not just us saying this!
This study found that a polyphenol compound called resveratrol was likely responsible for increasing longevity. While the compound is found in many foods, its highest concentration is found in red wines. Additionally, experts believe that moderate red wine consumption can lower the risk of heart disease and boost good cholesterol in the body!
More reasons to say ‘yes’ to another glass of wine, right?


The Red Wines of Sula

Now that we’ve addressed how red wine is not only a delicious beverage to sip on but also a treasure trove of health benefits let's take a look at Sula's red wines and how you can best enjoy them.


RĀSĀ CABERNET SAUVIGNON

red wine sula Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, the Rasa Cabernet Sauvignon by Sula is considered one of India's best red wines.
Made from caringly hand-harvested grapes, this incredibly full-bodied red wine is matured in French oak barrels for anywhere between 14 to 16 months before being matured in the bottle before release. This delicate ageing process allows it to develop its deep, rich black-fruit flavours, reminiscent of blackcurrants and blackberries.
Although it has a high alcohol content, Rasa Cabernet Sauvignon by Sula has a velvety smooth finish, elegant balance and complexity of flavours that make it a versatile choice when it comes to red wines.
For best results, pair this wine with Indian[SK1] delicacies like Seekh kebabs, Kadai Paneer, Roghan Gosht, and food with sharp flavours like goat's cheese and foods with an earthy, umami flavour like mushrooms.


RĀSĀ SYRAH

The Syrah grape originated in France, but thanks to its adaptable and resilient nature, it thrives even in our vineyards in Nashik. This grape varietal is unanimously considered one of the most versatile and noble dark grape varietals and is famed for producing dark-hues, intense, and full-bodied wines.
Sula’s Rasa Syrah is one of India’s best red wines and is made from a signature blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier grapes. These carefully selected grapes from our vineyards are matured in French oak barrels for 12 to 14 months. This unique blend of grapes and our maturation process gives this red wine a well-rounded flavour and develops tasting notes reminiscent of red and dark berries, mocha, vanilla hints, and spices.
Sula’s Rasa Syrah pairs best with red curries, tandoori preparations like paneer or chicken tikka, and complex, slow-cooked dishes like Nalli Nihari. Since it’s low on sweetness, it also goes wonderfully with strong cheeses, spicy meats, and peppery dishes.


RĀSĀ ZINFANDEL

Although Sula’s Rasa Zinfandel has a low sweetness level, it has a distinctly fruity quality with flavours of plum, blueberry, raspberry, and cinnamon. This wine is also lighter in colour as compared to other red wines like Rasa Cabernet Sauvignon and offers a characteristic complexity, as well as a long finish.
Made from 100 % Zinfandel grapes, this wine has received rave reviews online, with this user claiming that Sula's Rasa Zinfandel would eclipse many European Zinfandels in a blind tasting! Our Zinfandel's uniquely fruity and balanced taste develops over the four months that it is aged in American oak barrels.
Ideally, Zinfandels are paired with meats, especially slow-roasted, heavy dishes like stews, kebabs and meatballs. Sula’s Rasa Zinfandel also pair excellently with decadent burgers, grilled sausages, ribs, lamb chops, and pork preparations. Of course, rich Indian dishes like Paneer Makhani and Koftas, as well as indulgent pasta like Bolognese, work well too!


THE SOURCE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

This memorably complex red wine is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to bring you a well-balanced wine-drinking experience. The Source Cabernet Sauvignon is distinct, owing to the fact that it is partially aged in premium French oak barrels.
This red wine invites you in with seductive aromas of blackberry and cherry, followed by exquisite notes of fruity plum and rich chocolate. Undoubtedly, this Cabernet Sauvignon is well-balanced, has a long finish, and boasts a refreshing acidity. According to this user review , The Source Cabernet Sauvignon is perfect for novices looking to develop a taste for red wine, and its distinct flavour makes it difficult to stop at just one glass!
This red wine pairs excellently with Laal Maas, Szechuan Chilli Chicken, Lasagna, and Kadai Paneer. Additionally, with its well-balanced profile, this wine goes well with almost all kinds of red meat and can be a good option for cooking sauces or reductions.


DINDORI RESERVE SHIRAZ

Grown on the rolling hills of our Dindori estate, Sula’s Dindori Reserve Shiraz is made from a signature blend of 85% Shiraz and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon grape varietals. This unique grape blend, aged 10 to 12 months in American oak barrels, allows a powerful and intense wine to shine through. The end result is a sensational red wine with smoky aromas, notes of vanilla, cherry, and red fruit, with hints of spices.
Enjoy this memorable red wine, slightly chilled, with meat dishes like kebabs, grilled chicken, mutton or chicken biryani, and lamb roast. It also pairs well with pizza, as well as sharp, aged cheeses like Gouda.


SULA SHIRAZ CABERNET

The best way to describe Sula’s Shiraz Cabernet would be ‘silky and earthy’, which is probably why this is one of our most food-friendly wines! Also, fame for being India’s highest-selling wine, our Shiraz Cabernet is made from a blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, which gives the wine a deep red-purple hue.
Smooth and medium-bodied, each sip is accentuated by notes of ripe cherry and luscious plum, with pepper and mocha notes, aromas of spice, rounded off with soft, silky tannins. Best with slightly chilled, this wine pairs excellently with most Indian dishes, as well as sharp cheeses.
This review attests to how the wine shines through even with extremely spicy dishes, enhancing your culinary experience.


SULA ZINFANDEL

best red wines in india When you taste the first sip of Sula Zinfandel, it offers you an enjoyably explosive fruitiness, followed by a hint of spice and a smoky finish. This intensely playful red wine is made from 100% Zinfandel grapes, which gives us a luscious, almost jammy end product, with aromas of blackberry and flavours of plum and cinnamon. In addition, only 15% of the wine blend is aged in American oak barrels, which adds to its majestic complexity.
Sula Zinfandel is India's first Zinfandel and has won the silver medal at the 2018 India Wine Awards!
Ideally served with light dishes and soft cheeses, this Zinfandel tastes best when served slightly chilled. This user found that Sula Zinfandel pairs well with Indian food since it doesn't compete with the natural spice level of the food, instead enhances it.


Storing And Serving Red Wine

When it comes to bringing out the best in red wines, temperature plays a huge role. The reason for this is that wine's characteristics change ever so slightly with each degree. As red wine gets warmer, it pushes the wine's fruitiness, aromas, and vibrance to the back and brings forth its alcohol content. So, in most cases, its best to serve red wine slightly chilled.
Remember to always store your wine bottles horizontally, away from humidity and direct light. These will ensure that your wine stays fresh and retains all its best qualities and flavours for longer. However, if you open a bottle of wine, make sure you finish it within 3 to 5 days.
Coming to the topic of serving red wine, let's say that wine glasses are called that for a reason. A big part of the wine drinking experience lies with aromas, which are optimally released in the unique shape of wine glasses. This is also why we swirl and sniff our wine before sipping.
Another important point to remember is not to overfill your wine glasses. Although you may be tempted to pour one up to the brim because of how delicious the wine is, refrain from doing so as it can negatively impact the flavour.


Final Thoughts

We hope that this in-depth guide to red wines has been illuminating and that you're closer to finding your favourite red wines now than you were at the beginning of this article. At Sula, we work hard to employ environment-friendly and sustainable practices in everything we do, which is why it brings us great joy to see you enjoy the fruits of our labour!
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