Wine Tasting Video: Rosé from France, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa & Australia

Gérard Bertrand Gris Blanc 2012, Pays d’Oc, France (£9.99 Strictly Wine, Freshfield Fine Wines, Wapping Wines, Smoking Jacket)
Pale and interesting wine, with a slightly sandy, salty note to its gentle apple, citrus and raspberry flavours, crisp & svelte, tasty. S-

Jean Luc Colombo Les Pins Couchés Rosé 2011, Méditerranée, France (£9.25, Ocado, Wholefoods, Partridges of Sloane Street, Wimbledon Wine Cellar)
Quite a rich, fleshy style, with a hint of herbs on top of the flavours of cooked apple, rhubarb and strawberry. B(+)

Villa Maria Private Bin Rosé 2012, East Coast, New Zealand (£9.99 Tesco, Majestic, Wine Rack)
Reasonable blackberry, (tinned) strawberry and apple pie flavours, with a dusting of Turkish Delight-like icing sugar, OK, off-dry style, but just a bit fey. C

Lourensford The River Garden Rosé 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£8.20 Cheers, Steep Hill Wines, Beaconsfield Wine Cellars, Devine Wine Company, Liquid Treasure, Eynsham Cellars, The Whalley Wine Shop, Bacchus et Al)
There’s a savoury hint to the red berry and apple flavours, but there’s just too much of the South African baked character coming through for any real pleasure. 0+

Finca Constancia Altozano Rosado 2012, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla, Spain (£7.99 Ocado, Rollings Wine)
Starts off reasonably with red berry and plum flavours, but then a medicinal note intrudes, like that pink penicillin medicine you used to get as a child. C(-)

Cune Rioja Rosado 2011, Spain (£9.49 Taylor’s Fine Wines, Partridges, The Bottleneck, Clifton Cellars)
Rounded and juicy, soft but still fresh, with gentle citrus, apple and red berry notes – refreshes rather than overwhelms. B+

Grant Burge 5th Generation Rosé 2012, South Australia (£9.99 Whalley Wine Shop, Anne et Vin, Wimbledon Wine Cellars)
Oak? There’s something like smoky bacon in here, alongside the juicy sweet ripe red strawberry flavour. Off-dry, and just a touch confected, but what I call ‘fair enough’ wine. C(+)

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