India isn't the first country that a sommelier looks to when building his or her wine list, but some wineries have made inroads in producing quality wines, including Fratelli, which has created two new brands in partnership with European winemakers.
First up is M/S – short for the Master's Selection – which is the result of a partnership between Stephen Spurrier, owner of Bride Valley English sparkling wines, and Piero Masi, formerly of Isole e Olena.
The wines are made from high-altitude vineyards in Maharashtra, and Spurrier said that the aim of the wines is to be 'fresh, vibrant, unoaked and balanced'.
There are three wines in the range: M/S Aklui Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc 2017, M/S Aklui Sangiovese/Cabernet Franc/Shiraz and M/S Aklui Sangiovese Rosé.
The second brand, J'Noon, comes from Fratelli's partnership with Burgundian producer Jean-Charles Boisset. Made with fruit grown in rocky vineyards on the bank of the Nira river south of Pune, the wines are made in tiny quantities.
There are two available for order: the Akluj White (60% Chardonnay/40% Sauvignon Blanc), a barrel-fermented Mâconnais style; and the Akluj Red (58% Cabernet Sauvignon/19% Petit Verdot/19% Marselan/4% Sangiovese), which is oak-aged.
'We are always hungry for new adventures in the wine world, especially when they have such quality-focused people behind them as Piero Masi, Stephen Spurrier and Jean-Charles Boisset,' says Liberty managing director David Gleave. 'The small, highly specialist ranges from J'Noon and M/S are perfect for bolder, more adventurous restaurateurs and retailers with a genuine interest in what India's ancient soils and Europe's modern winemakers can produce.'
Liberty Wines, 020 7720 5350