When I was visiting Bangalore last week, I met an ex colleague, who is a wine aficionado and generally a well-tested and sophisticated drinker. He mentioned about the new “Art Collection 2009 Nandi Hills” from the Grover Vineyards, and strongly encouraged me to pick up a couple of bottles.
I did. It was the Sauvignon Blanc 2009. It could not have come from India !
Simply an outstanding wine, you might mistake it for a lighter variety from the Marlborough Region of New Zealand. But this one is made at Nandi Hills in Bangalore District of Karnataka. The pity is that it is available for sale only in the State of Karnataka. And, the price ? The MRP inclusive of all taxes is INR 445 (almost exactly USD 10).
As described by the winemaker, the Sauvignon Blanc has “a pleasant refreshing mouth-feel and shows intense floral and grapefruit aromas.” This is true, the wine feels light and dry, and is sophisticated enough to deliver the aromas in an elegant, subtle manner.
Apart from the wine itself, the “Art Collection” depicts an art piece on the bottle, which is an interesting development. Wine should go with art. Both are works of individual creativity. The Wine Maker and the Artist are not that different. The canvas is based on nature, and the work displays a complexity and sophistication, and appeals to complex tastes.
Cheers to Grover, but make it available elsewhere !
9th May 2010