Postcard from India – Big Banyan Chenin Blanc

Mar 14, 17 Postcard from India – Big Banyan Chenin Blanc

Right before I left Goa I was looking for someplace to eat off the beach and stumbled across a restaurant called La La Land not far from Neptune Point – how could I resist? Plus it was a very nice set up with a lovely courtyard and a reasonable menu.

dining alfresco at La La Land restaurant in Goa, India

I was feeling adventurous so I ordered hummous and a glass of Chenin Blanc. Up to this point, I hadn’t heard of Big Banyan but that’s what this trip is all about, innit.

The waiter brought out the bottle and opened it at the table so I knew it was a fresh bottle and it was ice cold! Always a plus, especially in the heat of Goa.

First impressions – It was quite yellow in colour which I was not exactly expecting but I gave it a swirl and a sniff. Not especially aromatic but there was definite notes of oak (oak chips possibly?) and a slight chemical smell, it wasn’t prominent but there was something I couldn’t quite put my finger on. As for the taste, it was pleasingly dry, ripe peach and apricot flavours, medium bodied.

a glass of Big Banyan chenin blanc at La La Land restaurant, Goa, India

In any case, it was good with the hummous and really isn’t that what it’s all about?


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