Welcome to the third of six reviews in our Great Summer of Rosé. The third rosé is Tesco Finest De Vito Grenache Rosé 2006.
This is another grown up rosé (like the Casillero del Diablo Shiraz Rosé 2006). The wine is branded Tesco Finest, their “premium brand”. The wine is a result of a partnership between the grtape growing De Vito family and the Australian winemaker Geoff Merrill.
Tesco’s tell us…
The Granache Rosé is a refreshing, medium bodied rosé with strawberry and cherry fruit flavours. It is classed as “fruity and dry (2)”.
Serve: Chilled with fish, seafood dishes, picnics and BBQ’s.
Store: In a cool, dark place. To enjoy this wine at its best, drink within a year of purchase. (Told you so 🙂 )
Winemaking details: Following harvest and crushing the juice is drawn off after skin contact of 24 hours and then undergoes a cool controlled fermentation (as used for white wines), which preserves and enhances the delicate characters of this very versatile grape variety. Wehave elected to seal this wine under a stelvin closure to maintain its freshness.
Regional info: We source the Grenache from the DeVito family vineyard in Waikerie South Australia, who have been supplying high quality fruit to Geoff Merrill for over 15 years. Waikerie is a warm dry inland region and it provides ideal growing conditions for the late ripening varieties such as Grenache.
So, was it any good? Well it was… average. My wine notes tell me that this wine was…
“…Hmmm, okay, not much flavour, a hint of fruit, no real kick, bog standard rosé, nothing special.”
Not a great review then! It seems to me when they try to cram in a lot more alcohol (this is 14%!) the qualities of a good rosé seem to disappear. In my mind a rosé should be no more than 12% alcohol. This wine did nothing for me and at almost £6 a bottle (£5.69 a bottle on a half case currently) there’s better out there.
Tesco Finest De Vito Grenache Rosé 2006