Which wine to drink this season? Reva K. Singh reports

KRSMA Cabernet Sauvignon 20141
The SI Tasting Panel was blown away with a tasting of the very first vintage of the KRSMA Cabernet Sauvignon at our “Great Indian Wine Tasting” in 2012. Subsequently, in a special section on Indian wines in her Financial Times column, Jancis Robinson, too, mentioned it. It’s hardly surprising, considering the care and attention producers, Krishna Prasad and Uma Chigurupati bestow on their award-winning wines. The 2014 I tasted recently was exceptional – a classic, New World bold, robust Cabernet Sauvignon with soft, velvety tannins nicely supporting spice and red fruit notes, leading up to an intense and sustained finish. Produced with grapes grown on the iron-rich schist slopes of the Hampi Hills and aged in oak for 12 months, the 2014 KRSMA Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine you can enjoy equally as an aperitif or with food. I drank it with a cold mayonnaise chicken salad. And it was delicious. If you plan to drink it with friends through the whole evening, consider buying a magnum. Price in Bangalore Rs 1,500 for a regular 750ml bottle.

Four Seasons Vintners’ Reserve Select Barrels 2011
Nothing seemed to be stirring in the Four Seasons stable after Vijay Mallya’s troubles started mounting. The company was taken over by Diageo and that was about it. The Bouvet Ladubay portfolio had already reverted to its French owners in the Loire. Would the international spirits giant bring the curtain down on Four Seasons? Fortunately, that’s not what happened.  Four Seasons is back, stronger and better with its latest release in a smart new package. Vintners’ Reserve Select Barrels 2011 is a special, limited edition 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Shiraz blend, aged for over two years in oak barrels with another two years of bottle ageing. A layered, complex wine with ageing potential, the newly released Vintners’ Reserve is produced with grapes from Four Seasons’ oldest vineyards. Available in limited quantities in Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Arunachal Pradesh, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands with a production of 1,200 bottles, it costs Rs 1,500.

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