A monthly review of an easily obtainable wine that’s had a recommendation somewhere in a National newspaper. Always posted just before the usual monthly theme, this may be the latest post for only a couple of days….

TESCO FINEST TOURIGA NACIONAL ROSÉ 2010 – 13% –   £7

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As Summer draws to a close, I thought I’d give it one last salute with that most summery of wines: rosé. The example is a bit of a curiosity too, made in the Alentejo from one of the mainstays of Port – Touriga Nacional. This is quite a big flavoured grape so I hoped for something more than the confectionery, pale pinks that this price level usually yields.

I wasn’t disappointed. The wine is transparent pale red, not really pink at all. It has a slightly resinous nose with red fruit – currants and a hint of plum. After a while the fruit becomes sweeter and the plum/cherry notes increase.

There is some tannin, good acidity, plum fruit with a sweet finish and a herby hint with a touch of almost vermouth bitterness,

Quite serious for a cheap rosé, more than halfway to a light red wine.

With time there was little development but the wine coped well with spicy food, the fruit and coolness offsetting the spice, but a slightly hard clash with the tannins. It would be better with cheesy Pasta. Indeed, with a salty aged Ewe’s milk cheese the salt knocked out the tannins and the sweetness came to the fore with a cherry jam note.

Overall a big rosé for little money.

Ratings:     Quality:  14/20               Value:  17/20

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