Confronted with the seas of identikit wines that line our grocery store retires nowadays, you’ll need to reason me for infrequently motivating edgy to expound on something else.
Something new, something else, perhaps notwithstanding something that requires a touch of push to find. All things considered, for the current week, that something is Indian wine.
In the event that you didn’t know they made wine in India, you’re pardoned – given the atmosphere, it’s in no way, shape or form self-evident. Yet, there are cooler areas, and in some they have three collects a year. As per Peter Csizmadia-Honigh’s entrancing new book, The Wines Of India: A Concise Guide (which it isn’t, given that it hurries to 452 pages), the best ranges to pay special mind to are Nashik, Pune and Karnataka.
At the tasting that went with the book dispatch, and amazingly, I was most awed by the reds, which were normally full-bodied bordeaux and cabernet shiraz mixes.
My most loved was the exceptionally cool-looking Myra Vineyards’ Misfit 2013, a truly perfect mix of cabernet and shiraz from Karnataka express; it’s accessible in minor amounts from one month from now from Premia Wines. All the more generally accessible are Soul Tree’s full, ready, oak-matured Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013 (£10.95 Kensington Wine Warehouse in Bath, £10.99 from Soul Tree Wine; 14% abv) and the rich, smooth Grover Zampa La Réserve 2013 (14% abv), a comparable mix that you could without much of a stretch envision originating from Chile or Argentina (the advisor is the widely acclaimed Michel Rolland).
Rodney Fletcher Vintners has the 2012 vintage for £11.40, while Amazon has it at £34.87 for three containers. It would be amusing to serve every one of the three wines ignorant concerning a visitor who fancies themself as somewhat of a wine buff.
With regards to whites, India’s winemakers appear to be inquisitively focused on sauvignon blanc, instead of on the more fragrant assortments you may anticipate. All in all, I wasn’t wild about those I attempted at Csizmadia-Honigh’s tasting. Sula’s Sauvignon Blanc, additionally accessible in Marks and Spencer under the Jewel Of Nasik name (£7; 13% abv), was the best of the cluster, yet I very much want Sula’s pleasantly adjusted Dindoori Reserve Viognier 2015 (14% abv) – that would run exceptionally well with a korma. Stopping Wines of York has it at £10 a jug (or £59.94 for six).
On the off chance that this all appears to be an excessive amount of exertion for a Friday night takeaway, take a lead from the styles the Indians are making and source a wine from somewhere else: cabernet shiraz from Australia and carménère from Chile, say, both tick that enormous, ready, red box.