One of my favourite styles of food – I have been matching wine to Indian food for over a decade!
2005 McWilliams, Mount Pleasant, Elizabeth Semillon, Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia (£11.49, reduced to £9.99, until 17 September, Wine Rack & www.winerack.co.uk). You will have to get in quick to take advantage of this stunning offer, so do hurry. Elizabeth is a legendary wine and this 2005 vintage is at its peak. With layers of lemon balm fruit and a cool, long, fascinating finish this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
2011 Château de Montguéret, Saumur Blanc, Loire, France (£7.99 Marks & Spencer). Made from twenty year old chenin blanc vines and loaded with crunchy apple, waxy honey and fresh ginger notes this is a effortlessly classy wine. With a haunting flavour and silky texture you would find this beauty a magical partner to the sumptuous Keralan coconut curry recipe.
2010 Mâcon-Uchizy, Domaine Talmard, Burgundy, France (£10.75, Wrightson Wines tel. 01748 832 666 & www.wrightsonwines.co.uk). I don’t expect that anyone would have guessed that I would match this delicate, heavenly white Burgundy with the Bombay potatoes recipe – but it is a heroic combo. Talmard is a top estate in Mâcon and for a sniff over a tenner you can drink awesome, crystalline chardonnay from its spiritual home.
2010 Robert Oatley, Shiraz, McLaren Vale, South Australia (£13.00, Oddbins). With a whiff of posh French oak, macerated blackberries and plums on the nose, this is a very opulent and showy shiraz made by one of Australia’s most talented winemakers, Larry Cherubino. If you love lusty, bombastic, mouth-coating wines with class and breeding this is a winner and Bob’s signature is on the label to prove it.
2011 Toro Loco, Tempranillo, Utiel Requena, Spain (£3.49, Aldi). It’s back! Last time I wrote this wine up it sold in seconds. The new vintage of ‘Crazy Bull’ is delicious, with jolly red fruit and a delicious lick of spice. Drink it slightly chilled with the Aubergines with sweet spiced yoghurt and pomegranate recipe –you will be amazed.