By Patrick Stuart [email protected]
I’ve featured quite a few rosés in this column over the last couple of months but they have all been priced between €7 and €10, a little bit steep perhaps when talking of quaffing wine for a summer barbecue.
When looking for a rosé around €5 or less, it’s not easy to find a wine with any real character or, for that matter, quality, but this one produced by Paxá Wines at the humble winery near Silves here in the Algarve is an exception.
This is one of just a few rosés produced here in Portugal that breaks the mould of the usual style of rosé on the market. This is a wine with some body and even a touch of tannic structure that can comfortably replace a red wine at the table. In fact, just a few days ago I served it at a BBQ to a red wine drinker, who usually never touches rosé, and he was duly impressed.
The wine is made from a blend of Syrah, Touriga Nacional, Aragonês and, unusually for a rosé, Alicante Bouchet.
The deep-red-fleshed Alicante Bouchet grape plays its part in adding colour to the mix, combining with the more traditional varieties to make a smooth and easy-drinking wine, with mature red fruit on the nose, good acidity and a long dry finish.
It really is outstanding value-for-money and, on a hot day, well chilled from the ice bucket, it’s a great partner for BBQ beef or lamb.
Promotional price at Apolónia supermarket
(valid from August 8 to August 14) QUINTA DO OUTEIRO ROSÉ: €3.99 (retail price €4.99)