I’ve long been a fan of the wines of CARM, a producer in the upper reaches of the Douro valley, close to the Spanish border. This family-owned winery produces consistently good wines, and this rosé is no exception.
Their wines are also always good value for money, and the rosé is currently on special offer at Apolónia, reduced to €6.99, making it outstanding value.
Those obsessed with the pale style of pink rosé “à la Provence” will most likely pass on this one but, unlike so many of the pale pinks made here in Portugal, this is a wine with real flavour and character.
It is made entirely from Portugal’s most famous red grape, Touriga Nacional, a grape that I am personally not very fond of when used for varietal reds but perfectly suited to rosé.
On the nose, it is fresh and elegant with red berry and floral notes, smooth and richly flavoured in the mouth with good acidity and nice dry finish. This is a rosé to enjoy with food, ideal for spicy Asian dishes.