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Wine Park Training

This time the venue was Hotel Crown Plaza, Gurgaon, and the event was wine training to the staff of Wild Fire restaurant sponsored by Mr. Vishal Kadakia. He is the director of Wine Park, a wine importing venture based out of Mumbai, India. In the presence of 21 staff, there were three whites and reds tasted, notes are given below.

2007 Saint Clair – Marlborough, New Zealand
Sauvignon Blanc
Clear Pale straw colour, young wine. Pronounced nose with medium-high intensity with white smoke, capsicum, fresh grass, stone and few vegetal notes. Off dry with some residual sugar, palate dominated by capsicum, green apple, rubber, pear and peach notes. High acidity and medium high alcohol, well balanced. Long aftertaste. Good value for money wine, meant to be drunk young.

2006 St. Urbans-hof – Mosel Saar Ruwer, Germany
Riesling QBA
Clear medium yellow colour, young wine. Residual sugar, lime, green grapes on the nose. Pronounced palate with medium-high intensity residual sugar, refreshing medium levels acid and alcohol. Notes of red apple,  lime cordial, citrus, peaches and oak. Can age one more year or drink now.

2005 Batar IGT, Greve, Tuscany, Italy
Pinot Bianco – Chardonnay
Needs to open up, thus, decanting is recommended. Extremely complex. Pick of the whites.
Clean medium-high intensity dark straw yellow colour. Clean nose with stoned fruit notes, oak, asparagus and leaf. Clear palate with high acidity and alcohol. Fruit driven with balanced nutty nuances, oak, sulphur, peach, green apple, artichokes and cashew nuts. Can still age. Expensive but money worth spent.

2006 La Brancaia Tre, Toscana, Italy
Sangiovese – Merlot – Cabernet Sauvignon
Rich brick colour, looks aged. Caramelized nose, light spices, oak, red fruits, dark cherries on the nose. Medium-high acidity and high alcohol, medium intensity powdery, husky young tannins with griping mouth feel Dark cherry, oak, mint, leafy and blackberry notes. Can age 2-3 years. Value for money wine, can make a good wine to be sold by the glass.

2005 Querciabella, Chianti Classico, Italy
90% Sangiovese – 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Clear dark ruby red colour, aged. Clear medium-low intensity nose, needs to open, cherry, blueberry, oak, spices and earthy. Medium dry, rounded palate with medium-light body, soft and round tannins, Gamey, red meat, cherry, blackberry, spices, oak, cumin, leather, dark chocolate, very crisp palate, can be chewed.  Can age 2 more years. Value for money wine.

2004 La Brancaia Il Blu, Tuscuny, Italy
Sangiovese – Merlot – Cabernet Sauvignon
Decant an hour before drinking, extremely complex, we took 10 minutes to appreciate this wine. Pick of the reds and the evening.
Medium-high intensity dark ruby red colour, a bit unclear. Clear nose dominated with red berries, blackberries, dark cherries, beetroot, violet, liquorice, aniseed, spices, leather, oak and wet earth. Dry palate with medium-high body, powdery yet round and velvety tannins, high alcohol and acidity, all in balance. Dark berry, dark cherries, cedar, tobacco, chocolate, spices, oak, blueberries, beetroot, eucalyptus notes on the palate. Long aftertaste lasting up to 7-8 seconds. 2004 was a great vintage and produced lovely wines, though this one may take another couple of years to reach its peak.

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About the Author

Gagan is much like a young wine in many senses; you have to spend time with him before he opens up. A certified wine expert and mixologist, Gagan pursued his love for beverages Down under, doing his Masters in Hospitality Management (specialising in wines) from Victoria University, Melbourne. He reserves a soft corner for Australian reds, German Rieslings and Gewürztraminer. As much as he loves to experiment with new cuisines, he also has a taste for adventure – paragliding, bungee jumping, rafting, skydiving and playing squash. His interests include blogging, back to back movie spree, cooking for self and travelling. He is a music-fanatic and loves being left alone with his PSP. Beef steak and wine rate high on his agenda as also does a Bourbon and cola.

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