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Pink Elephant a rosé wine from PortugalRose WineWine 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

5 Comments »

  1. Rob says:

    And there was me thinking it was a boring, bland, slightly sweet rose that, surprise, surprise, had hints of strawberries……. Yawn…..
    And don’t even get me started on José “King of the Corks” Neiva using a screw cap enclosure……

  2. Peter May says:

    I wonder how they got the name past the Portman Group. Other drinks with names that made any reference to drunkenness were pulled.

  3. Bill says:

    what’s Rob’s problem? is he adverse to rose wine in general or does he have a vested interest in knocking the wine and the winemaker? The tasting note you gave is in line with Jancis Robinson’s have a look at her website Rob and eat your words.
    And who says Pink Elephant is anything to do with drunkeness?
    what planet are you guys on?

  4. rob says:

    Hi Bill,
    I’m glad you asked ;)
    I’m sorry if my comment was a little harsh regarding your “baby” elephant. I suppose I can retract the “boring” and “bland” from my previous comment. Perhaps I’ll replace them with “uninspiring” and “generic”….. Perhaps.
    Or perhaps not…
    In fact I do have quite a soft spot for a cheeky little rose now and again, but more often than not I seem to end up with “hints of strawberries, great in the summer….” yawn…. But then, that is often why I buy them.
    I often want to munch popcorn and watch a movie that I have to invest very little thought in, and then perhaps on another occasion I would like to watch “Pan’s Labyrinth” and have my senses enlivened. For the most part I expect a half decent rose to require little thought, but still arouse lovely warm “strawberry” feelings inside! I have to say that YOUR rose was fine and dandy in doing that, but the expectations delivered by both Jancis Robinson and Andy hyped this wine above what it delivered. Don’t get me wrong; I do like it, and would quite happily tuck into another bottle.
    John Hart’s first lesson to me at Dartford was that mine, and the other managers assembled, opinions on a wine could not be considered wrong. They were just our opinions. Mr Hart remains to this day a great inspiration to those people who want to enjoy wine and have an opinion on it. I would even suggest that by pandering to Jancis Robinson and the fact that she may be more right than me is a little excluding to the average wine drinker who may dare to form an opinion.
    In fact Jancis seemed almost unable/unwilling to form an opinion on this wine. I have read her article twice, and I am still stumpted as to if she actually liked it or not. There is very little in her review to actually indicate her level of enjoyment of this wine.
    I’m afraid Bill, that I won’t “eat my words” because of Jancis Robinsons “non review” of your wine, and I will stick to my opinion as John Hart always told us all that our opinions are as valid as anyones, and as the end consumers we should be ridiculed at the vendors peril.
    To conclude: It’s quite a nice rose in the same way that Eastenders or Corrie are good soaps. Gallo roses are perhaps the Crossroads of the rose range. But to get a rose to leap from the “soaps of wine” into a higher echelon will sadly take more than “A cheap Portuguese pink with a silly name and a screwcap” (to quote Jancis).
    I’m sorry to be so defensive about my viewpoint, but your reply to my comment was quite confrontational and dismissive of someone who has actually tasted your wine in a real world environment.
    I suggest you look at Andy’s score and re-read “The High Priestess Robinson’s” review before word eating is recommended. Look how Blue Nun is only 4pts behind you :)
    And as for your “vested interest” remark, I’m not quite sure what you are getting at. I work in IT, but happen to like my wine…. Full details are available to you on request :) I don’t work or have any interest in the wine industry anymore… I just drink the damn stuff…. Is that good enough for you?
    Kind regards,
    Rob.

  5. Edward Owen says:

    And who says Pink Elephant is anything to do with drunkeness?
    what planet are you guys on?
    ……………………….
    Bill:
    This planet. Are you far out?
    see
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_elephant
    “Pink Elephants” have for very long been associated with drunkenness and hallucinations through alcohol and drug taking.
    Like Peter, I am amazed that you chose this close to the edge name.
    There are numerous references. Just google for
    “Pink Elephant” drunk
    “Pink Elephant” lsd
    “Pink Elephant” alcohol
    “pink elephant” hallucination
    Bill, you really should have done your homework. Or did you do it only too well?
    Edward Owen

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