For me, the first association conjured by this pretty pink Chilean rosé is the opening track of Austrian death metal band Cadaverous Condition’s 2006 album, To The Night Sky. (Linked for those with access to Spotify).
I hardly think you can compare the two, so it seems strange they’ve taken inspiration from the same source: the fearsome nautical practice of filling an expendable vessel with combustibles and steering it on course for your enemy’s boats before setting it alight and watching the destruction unfold before you. (Probably laughing and firing your musket into the air while you’re at it.)
Producers Runamok seem to be active in sourcing grapes from numerous New World locations – notably Australia and Chile – and considering their colourful (if curious) choice of name, it’s a shame their label design is so reminiscent of mass-marketed giants Echo Falls, and consequently unlikely to catch your eye in your local independent wine shop, which was where I picked up this bottle (at The Village Vine, Parkstone).
Admittedly, the reason I noticed it was its prominent positioning and two-for-eleven-pounds offer labels – I didn’t want two, but at £6.50 a bottle it was still well inside the price range I consider to be cheap (it’s all relative, though, isn’t it) – and so, I thought I’d give it a go.
It was a pleasant and easy-going drink. Ripely fruity and absolutely gorgeously hued (as the rather busy snapshot above ought to indicate). Presumably it got its name from the rather vivid, fiery sunset-tones to its deep pink red. It certainly wasn’t from the taste, which is less an explosion, and more a jingle. Indeed, I’d have called is Sweetshop Rosé – but then, maybe I wouldn’t have sold as many bottles.
It has all the fruitiness of strawberry laces and pear drops, although not quite the sourness of astro-belts (or whatever they were called in your village.) There’s even the possible hint of some milkshake bottles in there, but – as with my average pick ‘n’ mix – too little or too few for my taste. It’s pretty sweet for a dry wine, but by no means in dessert territory.
I’d drink this on its own or with light foodstuffs. The thai curry I served it with didn’t do it any massive favours.
Further research reveals they (Runamok) do have other wines in the ‘Fireship’ range (e.g. this red, from Australia), so it’s possible that some of those suit their name a bit better; this one isn’t likely to set your world alight as its name threatens, but if you like your summer wines sweet and juicy, and enjoy staring into the glass as much as tasting and swallowing, this Garnacha (Grenache) rosé may well be worth a shot – and at £6.50 that’s a pretty cheap shot, too.