with his Indian book
Peter introduced his booking explaining that it is possible to have three harvests during the year. He also stressed that the vines are pruned on twice in the year – in May in preparation for the monsoon season – and then in August and September. The main grape varieties planted are French and Italian. These include Chenin Blanc – the most planted variety, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Sangiovese and Nero d'Avola.
After Peter's presentation there was a tasting of 31 Indian wines with rather patchy results. Many of the reds were too heavily oaked with harsh tannins. Time for a bonfire of wooden staves!
The wines that impressed:
2015 Chenin Blanc, Soul Tree
2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Sula Vineyards
2015 Dindori Reserve Viognier, Sula Vineyards
2014 Sauvignon Blanc, York Winery
2015 Rosé, York Winery – 100% Zinfandel
2014 Misfit, Myra Vineyards – Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz
2014 Shiraz, Soul Tree
2014 Dindori Reserve Shiraz, Sula Vineyards
The Wines of India, a Concise Guide £25