WINE NOTES

Whites of South Africa

Whatever the grape, whether single varietal or a blend, South African wines are being noticed around the world for their quality and pocket-friendliness. The Food Lovers' tasting panel shares its verdict on these lesser-known wines.

The wines of South Africa have been making a quiet entry into India, and they are eminently suited for the hot and humid Indian summers, especially the white wines. Chenin Blanc is the main white grape of South Africa. Called Steen there, Chenin Blanc makes fruit-filled, fresh-tasting wines of notable balance and structure, mostly in the famous Western Cape wine region of the country. South Africa also makes some good fruit-driven Sauvignon Blancs with the right touch of herbaceous grassy notes to balance them, and Chardonnay and Viognier, also popular white grapes for their white wines. 

 

Raise a toast to the fresh whites of South Africa. You will be in for a pleasant surprise. As one of the panellists said at the tasting table, “You can feel the happiness here.”

whites of south africa tasting panel

Left to right: Devesh Rawat, Saurabh Bakshi, Ruma Singh, Priya Chetty-Rajagopal, Kripal Amanna, Marty Kindleysides, Neha Mathur

 

Curated by Ruma Singh; Photography by Krishanu Chatterjee

 

Every now and again, Food Lovers hosts a tasting table of wine enthusiasts to taste a range of wines. The resultant tasting notes accompanied by comments from the tasters are aimed to help and guide wine drinkers, and make their wine selection easy.

 

This tasting session, held at Bene, the Italian restaurant at Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway, delved into South African white wines. 

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