Good Earth Wines Fail To Impress
Good Earth Winery, originally launched in 2010 is making a come back after Good Drop Wine Cellars acquired the brand earlier this year. Headed by Ashwin Rodrigues, also a winemaker trained in Australia, Good Drop bought over the brand from Girish Mhatre, the original owner of the brand. Good Drop are also the folks who introduced Casablanca, a Charmat method sparkling wine, last year.
The brochure talks about making Indian wines comparable to the finest in the world, draws analogies with negotiants from Bordeaux and Burgundy and even goes on to say the wines demand attention and should only be had by people with patience, in a rather pompous way. It also spoke about legendary Nashik soil, which to me is rather surprising. India is barely at its nascency in its winemaking business and culture, describing Nasik as ‘legendary’ is surprising.
The wines however, are not close to what was expected.
Let me explain. Basso, an aged Cabernet Sauvignon has a label which talks about how wine is art, how the wine is made with hand selected grapes and nurtured in the finest oak barrels; there is no mention of the actual tasting notes. The tasting notes on brochure mention aromas of burnt toast, which I was wishing were not there in my glass but that’s where my luck ran out.
The wine has aromas of black cherries, oak and capsicum with pretty much the same flavours on the palate along with spices. The body seemed rather fragile and watery for an aged wine priced at Rs. 1250. Over all an average wine and definitely not worth the price.
Brio, their straight Shiraz was heat damaged and the cork crumbled.
Antaraa, a blend of Cabernet and Shiraz has aromas of red fruits on the nose with burnt rubber like notes on the palate and is not a pleasant experience. The wine notes from the winery talk about it being a seductive blend and go on to suggest that a drinker should tune in and be liberated. I politely disagree.
The bottles do not have a vintage mentioned and going forward, the reserve range from Good Earth Wine would be non vintage.
Overall, these seem to be old wines in well, old bottles and none of them impress or are wines that I would recommend. The high price points along with unnecessary focus on generic wine mumbo jumbo only makes matters worse.
The bottles were sent to us by Good Earth Wine