I was intrigued by the wine varietal on this bottle which I saw at my usual wine shop.
Never seen this combination of grapes. Sula is a well-known Indian vineyard, better known for its whites. I have always enjoyed their Chenin Blanc which is also slightly sweeter than other such wines. It is refreshingly delicious and very easy to drink.
So, I thought Chenin Sauvignon can only add more complexity to what is a good white wine from the Sula vineyard. I talked to the shopkeeper, but as all Indian wine shopkeepers do, he was ambiguous, and said that one cannot go wrong with Sula ! Well, I don’t buy that kind of argument, but nevertheless decided to give it a try. It costed only INR 320, so it was less of a risk from the price point of view. But I know from experience that a poor selection of wine could ruin an evening of delicate engagements !
I decided that the right temperature for this wine has to be somewhere around 11 to 12 degrees celsius in the wine cooler. I did not have any specification, but that decision turned out to be good. When this wine is chilled below the usual 14 degrees, I guess it is a very good wine to drink.
I could clearly sense the honey dew and melon flavours of the chenin blanc and the complex taste of the sauvignon blanc, coming together in a good wine combination from Sula. I would recommend this wine for some light-headed Saturday evening drink in a companionship which makes it easy for a light conversation with occasional humour. Does it sound complex ? Sorry, this wine is for light drinking. Do not expect sophistication, but expect a sweet conclusion !
Enjoy this wine, it is unbeatable at this kind of price anyway.
24th October 2010