Fratelli, meaning ‘brothers’ in Italian, refers to the uniting of three key families to represent the shared desire nurtured in their hearts: to create a product of truly international standard, made in India using centuries long Italian winemaking traditions. The house of Fratelli has steadily been gaining global recognition, with over 30 international awards within a few years of inception.
VITICULTURE + VINIFICATION
Fratelli was attracted towards Akluj (Solapur) due to its dry, mineral and organically poor soil, the end result of the erosion of mother rock mountains that have generated the Deccan Plateau. These particular grapes come from Plot C Nimgaon and Plot B and E Garwar at 548m above sea level and are cultivated through VSP trellising.
In plots rich in skeleton and with up to 15% clay, Shiraz has been planted to encourage a longer vegetative cycle and gradual ripening for complexity, harvested at 25 brix. The Cabernet Franc grows in rockier plots to reduce yields and obtain a higher concentration of flavours and aromas, harvested at 23 brix.
After hand harvest the free run juice is fermented at 22-25° C in stainless steel tanks for 10-15 days using native wild yeast. Cap management begins with regular pump over and evolves into simply wetting, to restrain the extraction of colour and tannin. The 2 varietals are then aged separately in stainless steel tanks for 6 months before blending at around 50/50 with final ageing in bottle.
The wine offers vanilla, leather and black pepper aromas on the nose. Dark plum with rounded tannins and a long finish on the palate make this a luscious wine. Cabernet Franc grape contributes to the roundness and concentrated aromas of the fruits while Syrah adds the varietal note of leather and black pepper.
FACTS AND STATS
WINEMAKER PIERO MASI
VARIETALS CABERNET FRANC SHIRAZ
APPELLATION AKLUJ, MAHARASHTRA
BOTTLE SIZE 750 ML
VEGETARIAN / VEGAN Y / Y
TOTAL ACIDITY 5.1 G/L
TOTAL DRY EXTRACT 32 G/L
TOTAL SULPHUR 138 MG/L