5 Value-for-Money Indian Wines
One of our biggest pet peeves when it comes to wines is the prices. Imported wine prices are dictated by excise policies so there isn’t much that can be done. But when it comes to Indian wines, we’ve always been of the opinion that a lot of them can be priced Rs. 100-200 lower than the current prices. Having said that, India with its complex policy structures and various production components have to be considered when zeroing in on the final pricing.
This is Hipcask’s list of Indian wines which are value-for-money wines which we think are priced reasonably and deliver on quality.
York Chenin Blanc
No where but in India, is there such a rage for Chenin Blanc as a single varietal wine and it is very difficult to get it right. This particular wine has a fine balance between aromatic, acidity and body; there is also a nutty quality to it which is derived from the 10% barrel fermenting of the wine. At Rs. 550, this wine is a no brainer.
Moët Hennessy’s Indian sparkling wine has been a game changer for Indian wineries. With its fruit forward fresh nose along with typical bready notes and creaminess on the palate this Chardonnay-Chenin Blanc-Pinot Noir sparkling has been an eye opener for those who think India cannot make good wines.
Rs 1200 initially may not seem value-for-money, but considering the high quality of this méthode traditionnelle sparkling wine, it is the best domestic bubbly in the market.
Zampa Rosé Syrah
This wine stood 2nd in our test of Indian rosé wines. The depth and character of this wine which covers everything from roses, earthiness to bellpeppers and minerality is just exceptional. This wine finds the perfect balance in acidity, sweet and savory notes.
A well rounded and complete wine all for Rs 606, what could be better?
Charosa Pleasure Cabernet Shiraz
It maybe an entry level wine for the winery, but the effort and care taken to create the wine is apparent. Luscious ripe red berry notes with toast coming through from the oak treatment which evolves further into vanilla and chocolate on the palate.
A good red wine to introduce to a novice wine drinker which is priced at Rs 550.
This is an uncomplicated Merlot with aromas and tastes of cherries with a slight tartness to them which is balanced by sweeter red fruits almost giving it a jam like feeling. Following Reveilo’s house style of winemaking this Merlot is also a mellow wine with very controlled tannins.
At Rs 595 it is a well crafted wine for those who steer clear of bold powerful wines and enjoy subtle wines.