Casablanca Rose Spumante is a sparkling wine; a premium offering from Nashik based Good Drop Wine Cellars. It’s named as such as it evokes a sense of mystery, adventure and romance, things that are reminiscent with the inherent characteristics of this product. The wine is targeted at the common consumer and not connoisseurs, which explains why it carries a slightly sweet taste. Its unique color and flavors make it a good choice for romantic occasions such as dinner dates, anniversaries, etc. Casablanca Rose Spumante was the Gold winner in the Indian Wine Consumer’s Choice Awards (IWCCA) 2016.
Casablanca Rose Spumante is made using a unique variety of grapes, known as Shiraz. The grapes are harvested early, a process that is key to infusing a crisp acid structure and a lingering finish. The wine is produced using the Charmat method, wherein the wine’s essential characteristics including natural sparkles begin to take shape through secondary fermentation in tank. This is the first time in India that the Charmat method has been used to make a sparkling wine. After the fermentation process, the wine remains on lees for three months, where it acquires hints of complex characters on the mid palate. The wine’s sweetness is limited to semi-dry or sec style.
Casablanca Rose Spumante’s freshness and younger character are reveled through its light pinkish rose color. It’s fruity on the nose, largely guava and grapefruit, and carries smooth floral undertones. Fruit flavors are intense and accentuated on the entry, followed by a complex medium bodied palate carrying it through. What follows is a rich, soft and long finish.
Some recommendations to go with Casablanca Rose Spumante include spicy Thai red chicken, tandoori fish, paella and creamy Italian dishes. One can also try it with aged goat cheese, sweet cakes or strawberries dipped in chocolate.
About the Owner – Ashwin Rodrigues
Ashwin Rodrigues is the owner of Good Drop Wine Cellars, the company that makes Casablanca Rose Spumante. A chartered accountant by profession, Ashwin fell in love with wines during his stay in Australia. He was motivated to set up a winery in India. He started by training in a local winemaking school in Barossa Valley and working with a couple of wineries. He realized the Indian love for fizzy drinks, which is why he focused exclusively on making affordable sparkling wines. He started operations in India in 2013 by launching his winery in the government-developed Vinchur Park in Niphad, Nashik, Maharashtra.