Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mateus Rosé

Mateus Rosé


Ready for a little Throw Back Thursday? Well, Mateus is the quintessential throwback. The wine was first launched in the 1940's, but didn't find it's heyday until the 1970's. Made from a variety of native Portuguese grapes, including Baga, Rufete, Tinta Barroca, and Touriga Franca, this sweet rosé comes in about $8.

I'd seen seen the iconic flask shaped bottle over the years, but being a baby of the 80's I've never actually tasted it -- until tonight!

Review: The Mateus is a vivid pink color with a slight effervescence. It has aromas of ripe berries and watermelon. The palate is a bit on the sweet side (15 g/L residual sugar), with a strong flavor of strawberry jam. The finish is short and quite one note.

This is a wine I can see someone enjoying ice cold on a hot day. Simple and refreshing. But do make sure to serve it super chilled -- as it warms, a slight bitterness emerges that makes for less fun sipping.
Food Pairing: Ice cubes on your front porch.

Bottom Line: A simple wine.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: Non Vintage
  • PLACE: Portugal
  • GRAPES: Baga, Rufete, Tinta Barroca, and Touriga Franca, and others
  • BOOZE: 11%
  • CELLAR: Drink now

Where did I get it? Total Wine and More
What's the damage? Low Price

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