Monday, September 14, 2015

Raise a toast to this Indian wine

‘Indian wines have finally come of age.’ It’s a statement that’s been uttered often in recent times and still sounded more like wishful thinking than fact. But a quiet revolution certainly seems afoot and leading it, I’m convinced, is KRSMA, being produced in the Hampi Hills, not far from the UNESCO World Heritage site.
The other day, I attended a vertical tasting of the KRSMA Cabernet Sauvignon. Passionate wine-maker couple Uma and Krishna Prasad Chigurupati, unveiled their 2015 version – still fresh from the barrel – and invited guests to compare the 2011, 2012 and 2014 vintages alongside.  
I am not the sort of wine connoisseur who can detect cassis fruit, pear drops and freshly-cut grass in my glass. And I don’t subscribe to the belief that it’s important either. I know what wines I like to drink and derive endless pleasure from these. By that standard, I thoroughly enjoyed the KRSMA Cab Sauv, particularly the 2012 vintage.
The serious wine buffs at the tasting gave the various vintages a thumbs-up, but each had their personal favourites – again proving how subjective the business of wine-tasting is.
What emerges clearly is that KRSMA, a boutique winery that focuses a great deal more on quality than on volumes, is doing a superb job making a truly Indian wine. Their Sauvignon Blanc is splendid, too, by the way.
KRSMA wines are now also available in New York City and grace the tables of such reputed restaurants as Le Cirque. If you’re a restaurateur, you’d do well to have KRSMA on your wine-list. And for wine drinkers, it’s a lovely wine at an excellent price.