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Phil’s Weekend Wine Tip: Herdade do Rocim ‘Mariana’ Vinho Rosé 2015 (The Corkscrew €14.99)

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This week I was surfing around Facebook when I noticed a post by the lads in The Corkscrew about a lovely looking Portuguese rosé. I headed down to the shop on my lunch break and grabbed myself a bottle. Chatting about the wine, I was informed that the winery at Herdade do Rocim, although not certified organic, does practice organic farming. This means that there is minimal intervention and no spraying of harmful pesticides that can taint the wine.

This Portuguese wine is from the Herdade do Rocim winery in the region of Alentejo, positioned inland on the border with Spain, the dry and hot climate can be great for ripening grapes to make fruity and full bodied wines. This wine is made from 40% Arangonez – otherwise known as Tempranillo – and 60% Touriga Nacional, which is emerging as Portugal’s signature grape.  Alentejo is a region with an emerging reputation for great quaffing wines, offering excellent value for money and the Mariana rosé certainly follows this trend.

The wine is named after Mariana Alcoforado, a 17th century nun who had an affair with Noel Bouton, the Marshall of France at the time, which she documented in Letters of a Portuguese Nun,  written in Baja where the Herdade do Rocim winery is situated. The wine is a lovely light salmon colour. A beautiful nose of strawberries and cream hits you straight away, followed by vanilla and a touch of minerality. The flavours match the wine’s aromas with the addition of a subtle hint of white pepper. Clean, crisp, medium bodied and dry, however the fruit flavours give the wine the sense that there is some sweetness, although there is no detectable residual sugar. A great wine to sip whilst the sun peeks it’s head out this weekend. I matched this with a Thai fish curry, a little realised match, rosé is an absolute dream pairing with spicy food.

I love all the wines I recommend on my weekend wine tip, but this was an absolute gem of a find. I cannot recommend this highly enough and it can be bought in The Corkscrew shop, based on Chatham St, Dublin 2 or ordered online here where it is currently discounted to €11.95.

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