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Great ferments under ₹2500 you can drink now

Wine is the passion of choice for many because it of how it tastes and often times, it’s awesome value for money. Here are six wines from the Wine Park selection from Rs 2500 down to Rs 750, you ought to drink now!

Man Family Jan Fiskaal Merlot 2018


A South African Merlot produced in classic French style, this wine marries the Mediterranean climate of the Paarl region with time tested wine making skills to yield flavours of cheery, plum and tobacco, finishing with soft tannins. The Man Family Jan Fiskaal Merlot drink well by itself but can also pair nicely with pasta, roast chicken and assorted barbeque. 

Bisol BELSTAR Cult Prosecco Extra Dry NV


While sparklings are usually popped for celebration, here’s one Italian bubbly worth opening to recognise resilience to the current crisis. The Belstar Cult Prosecco drinks light and crisp with flavours of citus, green apple and a whiff of minerality. Now while Prosecco is a popular aperitif, there a number of food pairing choices including salads, cheese and cold cut platters and shellfish.

Apaltagua, Gran Verano, Chardonnay 2018


Proof that Chardonnay can grow and evolve in just about every continent, this value Chilean wine boasts intense, fruity aromas and flavours or peach, mango and pineapple. This un-oaked, fruit forward Chardonnay stays on the palate longer than one might expect. Salmon and soft cheese sat alongside a glass of this Chardonnay  chilled, could be a great party.

Vinologist, Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

₹ 2,592

South Africa seems to be lording it when it comes to value driven wines. This no-nonsense, easy drinking Cabernet Sauvignon is produced by  Vinologist based in the country’s most famous wine region, Stellenbosch. It’s medium bodied and  fruity with perfumed notes of plums and cherries and a hint of tobacco with dark chocolate on the finish. The tannins are mellow so if you’re just getting started with reds, this one’s a great icebreaker.

The Daily Dose, Sauvignon Blanc 2019


Now this one’s from the owner’s stable literally. Wine Park’s maiden foray into domestic wine making, the Daily Dose Sauvignon Blanc is produced in Nashik and is a fresh, easy drinking wine with varietal-typical notes of pineapple, guava and other tropical fruits. Note that beginners can learn the wine making process by closely studying the label itself – more added value if needed! Pair this fresh Sauvignon Blanc with grilled vegetables and sushi.

Boekenhoutskloof, The Wolftrap Rose 2019


Another great value wine from South Africa, the Wolftrap Rose is an interesting Rose blend containing Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah. This rose is very aromatic, teeming with cranberry, raspberry and a whiff of candy floss. On the palate, look out for citrus, apples and rosewater. Better serve this one really chilled at under 10 degrees. Great for weekend day drinking, think late Sunday brunch with jumbo shrimps and Thai curry.