Late Harvest Chenin Blanc
The first Indian sweet wine in the market was Sula’s Late Harvest Chenin Blanc in 2004. Ten vintages later, winemaker Ajoy Shaw says that little has changed in the winemaking process but experiments have continued throughout. Whether it was trials with Sauvignon Blanc grapes or drying ripe berries on straw mats, Shaw says the winery is constantly improving on itself. The sweet wine is made of Chenin Blanc grapes, a fraction of which are fermented in second fill American oak barrels and blended with other tank fermented wine. The aromas from the overripe grapes are purely of raisin grapes, dry figs, honey and dry fruits like almonds and nuts. On the palate, the sweetness is perfectly balanced with acidity, resulting in a very pleasant velvety taste.