The Wine culture in India is fast emerging and surprisingly it was not the scene even a decade ago. Getting a good quality wine at the local bar or a pub was a far cry. Having grown up in a half Goan atmosphere, port wine for me was easily readily available but there was never a serious discussions about wine in itself. But I’m glad that this culture is now changing and that Indian food is now being paired with wine.
With India’s expanding wine industry in the midst of vital transition, the latest International wine to enter the Indian shores is South Africa’s biggest selling export wine – Kumala and thanks to Sula Selections the import arm of Sula Vineyards for making it available in India. Known for its approachable and affordable wines, Kumala wines are sourced from some of the finest vineyards in South Africa like the Stellenbosch and Paarl. It was indeed a pleasure to have been invited for its exclusive launch the past week at Chambers, Taj Krishna Hyderabad where I had the opportunity for an elaborate Tete-a-tete with Ben Jordaan – the official wine maker of Kumala since 2001.
“We are kinda like, the Coca Cola of the wine Industry” says Ben who is on a mission to get the country conversant with Kumala. Of the 45 different wines, the four that would soon be available are Kumala Sauvignon Blanc 2015, The Chardonnay 2014, Pinotage 2014 and Shiraz 2014. Had the opportunity to get a first-hand experience of the Chardonnay & Pinotage. With Zesty citrus aroma combined with dried peach and apricot – Kumala Chardonnay with its balanced acidic and lingering aftertaste would pair well with the spicy Indian dishes while the Kumala Pinotage with its upfront Red fruit characteristics and subtle spicy tones would pair well with any red meat steak.
Priced at Rs 1199 onwards, the well-designed bottle with gecko icon would soon be available in the city by mid-December and I can’t wait to get my hands on them.