All wines are not meant to be equal. Each bottle has a story to tell – the story of the winemaker, the vineyard, the grape, the process and much more. The wines we have selected for you today are some of the most cost effective labels that are never too harsh on the pocket and yet deliver a brilliant experience with each glass.
Cono Sur Bicycle Chardonnay
Region: Chimbarongo, Chile
Price: INR 1420
Style: Off-Dry at 13.6%
Color: Yellow-green with golden tinge
Nose: Intense and fresh aromas of citrus fruits, white peaches, melons and mild minerals.
Palate: The palate demonstrates a fresh youthfulness with citrus fruits featuring very prominently on the mid and end palate. The end palate also demonstrates a fresh minerality that goes very well with the overall mouth feel of this young Chardonnay. As with all Chardonnays, the Cono Sur Bicycle Chardonnay has the typical creaminess on the mid palate that is as refreshing as the citric acidity of the wine.
Serving Temperature: 10-12ºC
Food Pairing: Pairs well with summer salads, fish, light curries, green olives, kebabs, tikkas, and tandoori chicken. Good for unpaired consumption in summers when served chilled at 10ºC.
Ruffino Orvieto Classico
Region: Umbria, Italy
Climate: The Orvieto Classico region of Umbria, Italy has a rich history of wine making. The chalky limestone soil, called tufa, predominant in the Classico area, along with remnants of volcanic soil, gives a unique character to the wines from the region. The wines produced demonstrate a fair amount of minrality on the nose and palate, along with fresh citrusy notes of fruits and flowers.
Price: INR 1530
Grape: 40% Grechetto, 20% Procanico and 40% Verdello, Canaiolo Bianco
Color: Lightly pale, bright and clear
Nose: Green apples, some amount of peaches, and floral notes dominate the nose.
Palate: This dry white wine demonstrates a true Italian heritage of smooth, refreshing flavors that balance beautifully with its structure and acidity. A unique mineral character that comes from the chalky limestone soil of the region adds to the summery charm of this wine giving it a long and fragrant finish with hints of almond on the end palate.
Serving Temperature: 10-12ºC
Food Pairing: Pairs well with dishes that use liberal amounts of rosemary, light curries, summer salads, green olives and mild flavoured cheeses like mozzarella, excellent for unpaired consumption in summers. To pair this wine with Indian dishes, avoid dishes that use heavy amounts of pungent oils like mustard or strong flavours like asafetida.
Hardy’s Chardonnay Semillion
Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Climate: Australian climate is quite similar to the Mediterranean region, and McLaren Vale is one of the best examples of that. Warm dry summers and cool wet winters, with low relative humidity and relatively high evaporation are normal to the region with little risk of rainfall or frost during the harvest period, making it a brilliantly predictable place to raise grapes for premium wines.
The proximity to sea results in hot summer days that are moderated by cool westerly, southerly or easterly breezes off the surrounding ocean, and also the ‘Gully Winds’ from the Hills giving a prolonged ripening period for the grapes on the vine allowing them to accumulate flavour and intensity.
Price: INR 1230
Style: Medium body, off-dry
Grape: Chardonnay Semillion
Color: Light, pale golden
Nose: Tropical fruits, peaches and apples on the nose, with delicate influence of oak.
Palate: The Hardy’s Stamp Chardonnay Semillion is a medium bodied wine that demonstrates brilliant flavours of tropical fruits like pineapples and passion fruit, white peach and under ripe apples. A mild hint of oak on the nose is transferred to the palate that adds to the body of the wine while allowing the fruit to show through prominently.
Serving Temperature: 10-13ºC
Food Pairing: Pairs well with summer salads with fruits and nuts, salmon, and chicken. Light Indian curries, kebabs of vegetarian and non-vegetarian origins also pair well with this wine. Excellent summer wine when served chilled at around 10ºC.