Yes I know I said no post was scheduled for this week but I had news of something a bit different a day or two ago and wanted to pass it on.
We have discussed a number of serious wines in recent weeks (and rightly so) but this is all about fun and even frivolity.
Aldi have secured a small parcel of rosé from one of their regular (and impressive) Portuguese producers and bottles are expected to be in their stores by this weekend.
It has been good to see the surge in quality, food-friendly rosé this summer but there still can be a place for light, undemanding, “drink anytime” versions.
So here are the details
This is one such wine; it is made from local grapes led by the deeply coloured souzao (also called vinhao) and has 10 grams per litre of residual sugar – about the same as prosecco that (just) qualifies as Brut.
Fresh and dark in colour, 2017 Gloria Rosé (£5.99 at Aldi and 11.5%) offers light, strawberry and red cherry fruit with especially lingering acidity but all enlivened by a gentle Vinho Verde style prickle.
To get things straight, anyone looking for intense or complex wine should probably “look away now” but for a gentle, unchallenging libation to brighten a sunny afternoon in the garden this will tick many boxes for the nation’s sizeable band of rosé enthusiasts.
You will need to hurry though, stocks are not expected to last very long.
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