Mumbai-based Wine Park, which imports exclusive wines from over 50 family-owned producers, 12 countries, and more than 30 wine regions, has launched five new wines, handpicked from some of the old world’s finest family estates.
Vishal Kadakia, founder and head of Wine Park, has brought home two wines from France’s Loire Valley, produced by organic winemaker Domaine Guiberteau, two Germany Pinot Noir wines from Rudolf Furst and St. Urbans-Hof, and a modern white wine style from Portugal’s Vino Verde region.
Wine Park has, for the first time added, wines from the Loire Valley to its collection from the estate of Domaine Guiberteau. The organic winemaker is at the forefront of Loire’s modern wine revolution making wines of great concentration and accessible style with underrated grapes like Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
The two new Loire wines are from the appellation of Saumur. Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc 2021 is a classic Loire Chenin Blanc that expresses a perfumed nose and palate of citrus fruit, lifted by beautiful acidity, finishing clean. It retails for Rs 5,995 in Maharashtra.
The Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Rouge Les Moulins 2021 is a 100% Cabernet Franc at its old-world best, farmed organically into stunningly good gourmet wine, gushing with ripe red fruit, which is farmed organically, naturally fermented and aged for 12 months. It sells for Rs 5,995.
The two new Pinot Noir wines come from leading German estates of Rudolf Furst and St. Urbans-Hof. Rudolf Furst is a leading family estate based in Germany’s Franken region, where it makes top Riesling and Pinot Noir wines.
The Rudolf Fürst, Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) Tradition 2020 is the estate’s high- quality Pinot Noir, tasting of ripe cherries, blueberry and cinnamon laced with fresh mint. This vintage, in particular, is elevated by a gush of acidity and smooth tannins. It retails for Rs 7,495.
There’s also a Pinot Noir from the house of Nik Weiss, from whom Wine Park has been importing high-quality Mosel Valley Rieslings for many years now. Nik Weis is synonymous with the gold standard of Mosel Valley Riesling.
While Mosel is widely planted with Riesling grapes, tiny prime parcels of Pinot Noir vines make the most of the cool climes and slate-rich slopes. In fact, Nik Weis owns Mosel’s oldest Pinot Noir vineyard from which comes this classic Germanic Pinot that balances silky berry fruit with barrel-aged charm.
St. Urbans-Hof, Nik Weis, Pinot Noir 2019 ripples with cherries, spice and hallmark Germanic minerality. It retails for Rs 4,895.
And finally, there’s a refreshing modern style white wine from the famous Portugal appellation of Vino Verde, where organic winemaker Quinta do Ameal specialises in the growing and vinifying of the Loureiro grape.
This little-known grape plays a vital role in the Vino Verde white blend and by itself makes a citrusy wine, crackling with bright acidity, finishing clean.
The Ameal Loureiro 2020 is a refreshing, modern-style white wine that impresses with aromatic floral notes, refreshing citrus and lime flavours laced with minerality and zip of acidity.
Loureiro brings exuberance to the famous Vino Verde white blend and by itself makes a delightful wine that impressed Wine Spectator enough to rate this wine 90 points. It sells for Rs 2,995.