Seagram’s Nine Hills Rose (Leading Retail Stores, Delhi – INR575)
Not a new entrant but definitely a new style. Appointing new winemaking team that shows a fresh philosophy at work. Romantic watermelon shade with notes of strawberries, raspberries, sweet cherries, rhubarb, and vanilla, finishing with a hint of sweetness. An exciting turn-around with an impressive makeover.
Latest buzz-maker, not only locally but internationally. An exquisite palate with light, crisp mouthfeel and burst of delicate flavours of red fruits and berries, rhubarb candy, hint water cracker-like, and a gentle fizzy finish. A good food wine to accompany sushi dishes, light fish and white meat grills, cold cuts, and cheese raviolis.
Possibly the next big icon in the Indian wine brigade. The company produces two templates from the varietal, one following the Bordeaux style, the other Californian. The latter has an alluring sense of style, elegance, and balance at par. Sweet oak front with ripe and concentrated raspberries, plums, dark cherries, violets, cassis, and toasted vanilla notes to follow. The heaviness and intense tannins of the wine makes way for heavier dishes like rustic pork chops, grilled lamb steaks, coq-au-vin, and even smoky Asian preparations.
Alpine Winery Vindiva Shiraz (Madhuloka Wines, Bengaluru INR685)
Based near Bangalore City, Vindiva is a promising setup. Medium-bodied wine showcasing varietal characteristics of black pepper and dark spices, blackberries, mashed red fruits, rounding up with a sweet cola note. The masculine tannic grip can be well matched with tandoori raan, mutton burra, beef tenderloin, and mushroom risotto.
Another first for India, a varietal Tempranillo wine. Made in a Spanish style, a lovely wine, showing minerality, notes of ripe raspberries and blueberries, cherries, plums, and an earthy character, well- integrated tannins, rounding with a mild layer of oak characters. Serve alongside chorizo skewers, seafood pallela, tandoori dishes, and Malabar chicken!
A heroic return after grabbing a recent international allocate, possibly the only Malbec varietal wine of repute in the country. Deep ruby shade with a bright appearance. Complex notes of floral, sweet spices, and fleshy blue fruits, backed with masculine tannins and a round finish. A good accompaniment to lamb stew, and spicy Indian meat curries.
An orthodox style made dessert wine by sun-drying the grapes to concentrate the sweet nectar of these shrivelled berries. An appealing lush golden hue, with notes of white honey, sweet white fruits, sweetlime, and touch of Indian sweet spices. Think of Apple Halwa, Malpua, Pecan Pie, Almond Paraline Ice-cream, and even blue cheese to serve it with.