Robert Joseph has just completed the 2008 India wine challenge. He shared his experience exclusively with indianwine.com. The complete results of 2008 India Wine Challenge can be downloaded from HERE.
1. How do you feel about this year competition? Like response etc.
This year’s competition was around 50% bigger, and attracted 77 Indian wines, the largest number ever judged in a blind competition. This, and the enthusiasm of the local and international judges gives me great optimism both for the Indian wine market and for the future of the Challenge. However, I was also pleased to see that the judges this year were tough in their allocation of awards. I would always rather feel that good wines were unlucky to miss out on a medal than that poor ones were lucky to get one
2. How do you compare the quality of the Indian wine from the Previous year?
There is a definite improvement, but much remains to be done. There is too much unripeness and too many winemaking faults that keep Indian wines from living up to their potential. There were many Seals of Approval; next year, i’d like to see many of these producers get Bronze medals.
3. Any wine particular wines very interesting to you this year?
I was particularly interested to see the success of Chateau d’Ori which has great potential for the future and currently seems set to take on Grover’s mantle; and the Sula Late Harvest Chenin which may do more to build Sula’s reputation than its well regarded Sauvignon Blanc
4. What is the next year goal?
The mission statement if the UK Challenge – and all other Challenges – is “to encourage more people to drink more good wine”. And that’s what I’d like to continue to do next year.