It’s an odd day here. Been inside most of the time but had to pop out around lunchtime on an errand. It’s quite bright and everywhere is so incredibly green at the moment. It would have been a perfect day to sit outside tasting a couple of 2008 rosé wines that have recently arrived, but for the fact that its drizzling and a bit cold. So I’m indoors sipping the Raimat Abadia Cab Sauv/Tempranillo, Costers del Segre (£6.99) from Spain and the Explorers Vineyard Marlborough Rosé (£6.49 The Co-op) from New Zealand with the central heating on.
The Kiwi pink would be outlawed in much of Europe, since it’s mostly Riesling with a splash of Merlot to give it colour – most European rosés have to be made exclusively from red grapes, although I’ve never heard a satisfactory explanation as to why this should be. It’s gentle and juicy, just a shade off-dry and reminds me of my mum’s apple and raspberry pie. Good picnic fodder, and ideal for those looking to wean themselves (or their chums) off White Zin.
As for the Raimat, I confess I’ve had a problem with their wines in the past. They’ve been correct, but have seldom shown anything beyond the merest hint of a Spanish accent. I visited the hi-tech estate a few years ago, and remember telling the winemaker that while there was nothing wrong with his wines, I thought that the typical Portuguese wine showed more of a sense of place. Unfortunately, this was mis-translated as, ‘Your wines are not as good as Portuguese wines,’ causing the winemaker to throw a hissy fit and storm out of the room. Thankfully there was someone on hand to calm the situation down and provide a more accurate version of what I’d said. Anyway, back to the wine. I can’t remember the last vintage of this I tried, but this is pretty nice. It’s richer than the Explorers, with generous plummy fruit and some red berry character chucked in for good measure. Drink the Explorers while watching the cricket, save the Raimat for Sunday lunch with Spring lamb.