Wine Tasting Note: Pink Elephant Rosé, 2006, Estremadura, Portugal. Available exclusively from Tesco.com until August for £4. (normal price is £5). Vivid cherry in colour. Flavour-wise it is great for a rosé – a little sweetness, not that you will probably notice as the acidity makes the finish crisp and dry, red-berried fruit and just a hint of tannins emphasising the dryness on the finish, with a streak of interest provided by little minerality.
Designed to accompany spicy Indian and Thai dishes, I thought it just as adaptable for fresh, spring/summer salads or sipping on its own.
Pink Elephant is made by José Neiva of DFJ Vinhos of Estremadura with Australian David Baverstock and was “stylistically designed by twelve wine experts, including two Masters of Wine”. The experts held a blind tasting by at the Masala Zone, an upmarket curry restaurant in London. From tasting a range of rosé variants among major brands such as Jacob’s Creek and Blossom Hill, the experts concluded too much sweetness was not the answer to spicy food and balance with acidity was important. Pink Elephant was born.
Made from free-run juice from Cabernet Sauvignon, Castelão and Alfrocheiro grapes. Alcohol 12%. Screwcapped. Scribblings Rating – 88/100