Let me admit something before I start telling you my experience of a recent wine tasting/master class of a recently launched Australian wine in India. I like wine tasting events rather than wine dinners simply because
- I learn a lot from wine tasting
- I enjoy talking to like minded people, chatting with folks from wine industry and being able to clarify
On the other hand, wine dinners become quite boring because we hardly get time to learn. Since dinner is already planned and pairing has already being done – we rarely get to experiment and the discussions are around the pairing and simply enjoying the drinks. Well, maybe as I haven’t reached the stage where I can actively participate in wine and food pairing.
I was at The Leela Palace for a master class organised by Brindco International, the company which bought Penfolds, one of the iconic wine brand of Australia. I know what you are thinking around Australian wines! All Australian wines are not bad and the ones that I tried at the master class were really good.
The master class was organised by La Cave and Brindco and Penfold’s Winemaking Ambassador, Sam Stephens at Le Cirque.
I wouldn’t dwell on the history of Penfolds, which you can read on their website.
I am going to share my experience with the wines. I like Riesling and the one that I enjoyed Koonunga Hill Autumn Riesling 2014, which was also the first wine that we tried. It’s matured in stainless steel wine drums, has a citrus note with a hint of petrol on the nose – refreshing and has crisp acidity. I would love to have this wine with any food. Also, this wine can be enjoyed anytime and even before your meals.
Next was Koonunga Hill Chardonnay 2015; matured 4 months in stainless steel drums and then in French oak barrels. It was little off dry( hint of sweetness) and has the hint of honey. Definitely, a lot better chardonnay which I have tasted before. It has acidity and creamy texture with a hint of grapefruit on the nose.
Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet 2013 matured in American Oak barrels for 12 months still a very young Shiraz has the hint of spices is medium tannin with the flavour of plum and I guess can be a good wine for Indian palate.
Bin 28 Kalmina Shiraz 2014 is a full bodied and the best red wine of the day. Matured in seasoned America oak and hence has the character of oak and gives you full mouth coating, sweet tannin and has a lot of fruity notes.
That was it. A day well spent with some of the finest wines from Australia. These wines will be available at La Cave, Select City walk.
My pick was Riesling, Chardonnay and Bin 2 Shiraz Mataro. Do try them and let me know how did you pair or enjoy these wines!
To know more about Penfolds wine, click here.