Dancing with voluptuous reds: The world’s finest robust red wines
KISHORE AND SMITA IYENGAR swirl and quaff some of the world’s most eclectic and outstanding robust red wines that synergize with your celebrations this festive season!
‘Dance the body music….!’ The melodious number rings shake-a-leg nostalgia as this Christmas and New Year edge on an infectiously inviting celebration mode! Match your mood with our A-list of top notch vintage, limited edition, boutique and exceptional red wines with your feasting funda. So here goes, check out what embodies these red jewels that charm and seduce your sensory experience.
PEDIGREE SUPER TUSCAN WONDERS
LA VENDEMMIA DOCG 2009 DIEVOLE, CHIANTI CLASSICO – ITALY AND DIEVOLE PLENUM QUINTUS.
Exalted among Italy’s renowned premium ‘Sangiovese’ wines that regale from the Chianti area are the world famous ‘Chianti Classico’ premium ‘Super Tuscan’ wine labels. Dievole Winery’s ‘La Vendemmia DOCG 2009 Chianti Classico’ with 90% ‘Sangiovese’ grapes offer superlative fruity, cherry and plum confiture, lightly spicy with black pepper, cinnamon and juniper notes and earthy, light smoked tobacco flavors. ‘Sangiovese’ adapts remarkably to different bouquets and flavors that add to its quaffing enjoyment.
we also discovered new, thrilling flavors and bouquets in another top notch, fascinating blend -the unique ‘Dievole Plenum Quintus’ harvested and crushed by hand, with Tuscan ‘Sangiovese’ and Greek ‘Aglianico’ grapes. The exceptional peppery and earthy terra cotta flavors on our palates highlighted the ‘Aglianico’, a Greek grape varietal cultivated in Italy, with deep crismson and black tones, adding flavor and character to the blend, with dominating dryness and soil fragrance.
MISSION HILL 2015 RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON – CANADA
Born in the picturesque Mission Hill Family Estate Winery in Okanagan, British Columbia –Canada this rich berry and black currant flavored deep red wine displays exciting smoky wood aromas, the assertive plum nose also lingering along with several quaffs. A fine wine for this festive season, it enlivens the palate with medium tannins and well rounded full bodied taste. One can identify leather, mocha and light coffee too!
CHATEAU DE POMMARD CLOS MAREY MONGE MONOPOLE 2014 PINOT NOIR – FRANCE
This grand vintage from Bourgogne, France is a deep purple jewel with seductive noir magic on your senses. An intensely fruity palate, red rose, terracotta and graphite construct this fabulous wine. The complexity of grape graced with spicy overtones and fragrances enhance the strong velvety tannins and flavors. Medium bodied yet high acidity earmark it as a blue blood Pommard.
ECLECTIC STATEMENTS OF STYLE
The finest world class, multi-award winning premium red wines from Grover Zampa Vineyards, India
GROVER LA RESERVE RED
This is undisputedly the grandest of award winning full bodied Indian reds which packs in a dynamic punch in a Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon waltz. Deep berry and black currant and spicy aromas open the portfolio with distinct coffee, cigar (Havana Habanos Cohiba Esplendidos), licorice flavors synergized in a fine blend.
GROVER VIJAY AMRITRAJ RESERVE COLLECTION RED
A tribute to the great Indian tennis legend Vijay Amritraj, this effusive Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Viognier trio blend work up fascinating flavors in a svelte deep crimson full body wine of smooth tannins, berry fruit, pepper and clove bouquets. Late season lavender and burnt tobacco back palates assert their strength. A fine celebration red, indeed.
ZAMPA CHENE GRANDE RESERVE RED
Rated as one of India’s most distinguished, award winning pedigree red wines with impeccable credentials credentials. This Grand Berluga lives of the truly world class robust red legacy with each quaff. Two blue blood red grape varietals –Tempranillo and Shiraz fuse distinct characteristics and terroir magic to present dark maroon character tones on the gentle swirl. With blackberry joining dates, smoked barbecued almonds and old teakwood fragrances journey into an uplifting palate of freshly ground cinnamon, fresh coffee, and light Oud bark. We were completely bowled over by its char wood and familiar vanilla after tastes. Created in the uncommon class of superlative robust celebration reds for this festive season!
GROVER ART COLLECTION CABERNET SHIRAZ
Handpicked from the aesthetic ‘Art Collection’ portfolio, this superb red wine boasts light musk and peppery nose, a prominent prunes palate, light tobacco hints and a truly velvety finish. Displaying a deep garnet veil, it also had whiffs of fresh bergamot. The Shiraz characteristic of intense, well rounded body comes alive in subsequent quaffs, as the wonderful wine opens out to more thrilling complexity.
ESTATE SELECTION SHANE SHIRAZ 2005 VINTAGE – AUSTRALIA
This superlative, boutique full blooded Shiraz from the fabled O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards near Gold Coast, in Queensland, Australia spells class on all fronts. The powering aromas of light eucalyptus, oakwood, cigar, musk and truffles pave the way to exciting plum and Mac apple flavors, lingering for a long time into wild, grilled mushrooms….
‘THE LEGEND’ SCHEIBELHOFER 2007 CABERNET SAUVIGNON MERLOT – AUSTRIA
The most celebrated young weingut from Andau- Burgenland, Austria -Erich Scheiblhofer whose Scheiblhofer has been consistently rated ‘Winery of The Year’ since 2004, offered us his outstandingly fine blend of 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot matured 16 months in French barriques, the bouquet of spice, moist pine and leather was complemented by distinct flavors of mushrooms, mild tobacco, clove and black currant. A grand Austrian vineyard creation of exceptional quality, we endorsed.
PICTURE PERFECT FLAVORS
LIMITED EDITION TAUBERHASE 2006 SOUTH AFRICAN SHIRAZ-CABERNET SAUVIGNON – GERMANY
The celebrated Mittermeier Tauberhase vineyards in fairytale Franconia wine region in Bavaria –Germany offered us their privileged bouquet, Limited Edition Tauberhase 2006 South African Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon. The Mittermeier family owns vineyards in South Africa’s Cape Wine Region and this jewel was an inspiration from that celebrated region. Superbly rich tannins lend strength to leather finish, vanilla, violets and burnt driftwood aromas, the deep berry and fruit cassis flavors exhilarating us totally.
2007 DOLC DE L’OBAC LIMITED EDITION BOUTIQUE GRENACHE – CABERNET SAUVIGNON – SYRAH – SPAIN
This outstanding robust, powerful, handsome and whole-bodied red took over our sensory sensitivities with magical aplomb. Well tanned leather (raw hide), smoked cigar, truffles and sandalwood hints were pronounced. Further on, flavors of deep oak, clove and pepper worked their intensity. A lingering musk unfolded on the back palate.
2011 VINTAGE COOLANGATTA ESTATE TANNAT – AUSTRALIA
From this ex-convicts’ cottages’ located winery in the Southern Highlands, the voluptuous 2007 Tannat presents black berries and smoky notes and a slight acidic thrill edged on with a mild cheddar finish. This rare and exciting grape varietal adds fervor to medium bodied enjoyment.
RUSTENBERG PETER BARLOW 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON – SOUTH AFRICA
From the famed Rustenberg Estates at Simonsberg in Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands, this amazing, charming robust red wine stands out among some of the finest anywhere. The balanced tannins add verve and body to heady aromas of heather, polished oak and tobacco while the taste buds identify truffles, smoked ash, peppers and lingering vanilla.