(2019) Part of the Lidl 'Wine Tour' special parcels, in stores from May 23rd 2019, who can complain about an organically certified rosé, made in the Castilla–La Mancha region of Spain, but in a thoroughly modern, pale-coloured idiom, at just £4.99. Bubblegum cherries and raspberries on the nose, fruity yet dry on the palate, a nice zesty acidity keeps it fresh in the finish and imbues enough cut to make this salad and saucisson friendly, as well as in-the-garden sippable.
(2018) Sourced from the Tierra de Castilla in the south east of Spain, this blends Verdejo and Sauvignon in a clean, crisp style. On the nose a little bit of elderflower and thiol pungency, but it is not overdone. In the mouth there's a bit of dilution that means the slightly aggresive acidity is at odds with the rather sweet character, with not much to bind them. It's just a bit generic rather than being bad, but it's not a wine I could get too enthusiastic over.
(2017) From Almansa in Castilla-La Mancha, in the southeast of Spain, this has an extremely vivid, deep and vibrant colour, and aromas to match. Ripe, juicy plums, black berries and a touch of meaty spice leap from the glass, presenting a bottonless pool of dark fruit aromas. In the mouth the sweetness of ripe fruit is buoyant and full, but there's a fine background of earthy tannin, a touch of savoury, spicy oak, and good plummy acidity too. Really lovely drinking this, and possibly my favourite of the three Botas de Barro wines tasted.
(2015) A typically deeply coloured Spanish rosé, so unlike the in vogue Provence pale style, but that's a good thing with just too many lookalikes flooding the shelves. This has an inviting strawberries and cream nose, a little touch of cappuccino adding to the appeal. In the mouth is it perhaps just flirting with off-dry? But a sweep of that pulpy strawberry fruit, good acidity and a bit of Tempranillo spice gives a savoury finish.
(2012) A note to watch out for the vintage on the label if buying this wine, as I see M&S still have the 2010 for sale too. A rosé Tempranillo from Tierra de Castilla weighing in with just 12% alcohol, it has a pretty cherryish colour and abundantly fresh and fruity nose of summer berries. On the palate it is dry, with a very good core of lemony, fresh acidity that cuts through the berry and rose-hip flavours to leave this quite savoury and moreish.
(2011) 13.5%. The idea of the noisy South African Vuvuzela being the chosen brand of a Spanish wine seems odd, but then the small type says "España - World Champions," so that clears that up! This blend from the hot plains of La Mancha has a pert, cherry and blueberry nose with a bit of floral lift and is unadorned by oak. On the palate it is very direct: juicy, sweet cherry fruit, a little herb and pepper twist, and a nicely chewy balance of tannins and acidity.
(2010) There's a natural 11% ABV in this blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Airen - Spain's most planted white grape. This has a fresh, zippy, passionfruit nose with a peachy softness and hint of grassy background. On the palate it is bright and crisp, with crunchy lime acidity and lots of fresh, vibrant fruit. Balanced and quite long, this has good personality at a budget price.
(2006) Vivid cherry and charcoal nose with a floral brightness and little background of tobacco. Good fruit - very ripe, nicely balanced, and highly drinkable.
(2005) A little touch of chocolate to quite a bright cherry fruitedness. Nice depth of fruit. On the palate lots of concentrated, slick fruit with a good solid core and a certain chocolaty texture and sweetness. Drying tannins and a touch of sweetness before balanced acidity completes a great value picture, with spice.
(2003) Blue Nun's latest addition to the range, a generously fruity and just off-dry rosé of good quality. There's a slightly confected note on the nose at first, with suggestions of love-hearts and rose-hips, then a nice fruitiness emerges. On the palate it is sweetly-fruited with plenty of jammy, summery, cherry-cola fruit and a nice restraining balance of acidity leaving the finish quite dry. Soft and very sippable, this is a very nice, uncomplicated rosé with some style.