The “crazy bull” is back!
Back in the summer The Mothership gave the Toro Loco Tempranillo an A grade. Now under examination is its sibling Toro Loco Rosé 2011. Will this wine come top of the class or be stood in the naughty corner? (Too many teaching puns based on The Mothership’s previous career methinks!)
This wine comes from the Utiel-Requena DO which is west of Valencia on Spain’s east coast. Ninety per cent of the grapes grown here are the native variety Bobal – the same grape type as in this rose. Apparently the grape skins are intensely coloured which would explain the hot pink colour of this wine. When you pour a glass I think it will strike you – especially as the recent fashion has been for those delicate salmon pink rosés. In fact it reminds me of the colour of those sticky, fizzy Wham Bars I occasionally bought from the school tuck shop in my youth.
Don’t let the rather bold colouring put you off. Take a sniff and you’ll get surprisingly delicate raspberry aromas. The wine is dry with good juicy acidity. To me, it tastes of strawberries and cream with a few cherries thrown in. There’s a small amount of spiciness at the end. The Analyst detected a mineral tang “like carbonated water that’s gone flat. That sounds nasty, but it’s really quite pleasant.” The flavours linger on pleasantly too.
Last year’s vintage of this wine was declared the best match for Chicken Tikka Masala in What Food What Wine. We drank ours alongside steamed salmon and it was great.
The alcohol level, by the way, is 12.5%
I think Toro Loco Rosé 2011 is difficult to beat at the price – £3.59. It’s another Aldi bargain.
So, a good report from “The Analyst” and me. An A- I think. So make that…
W.O.W. Factor 7