I intend to shock you all this week by telling you that this gorgeous OGIO white Zinfandel actually cost a whopping £9.99. Yes you did hear me right, the queen of cheap plonk actually purchased a bottle marked up at a tenner. But did I pay this RRP? No, I did not; I got this baby for a pretty smooth £4.99. Yes, even that was a quid or so over my limit but, with a fiver discount, I was willing to pay the odds.
Now, this rosé is a little sweeter than I’d normally drink, but it actually makes a refreshing change to try something a bit sweeter than my usual selections – which is a complete contradiction because, in my last review, I claimed not to be a fan of sweetish wines. I’m pleasantly surprised and I take back my previous statement. How very fickle of me.
I would say this wine would blossom further if served chilled to the point of iciness. I expect there are rules in the wine world about chilling white wines to an exact temperature just as there are with allowing reds to reach room temperature but serving this one up a bit on the frosty side would certainly do it justice.
I think I really need to check the settings on my fridge!
This Zinfandel is a beautiful pale blush of a pink and, although at first just the sweetness came through, once I’d had a couple of mouthfuls (glasses) I began to detect all sorts of different combinations. First came the summer fruits, a blend of pomegranate, ripe cantaloupe and juicy nectarine followed by a faint yet familiar taste of honey. Not full on and sickly sweet but more a meady flavour.
The label says this rosé would be a good accompaniment to grilled meats or mildly spicy dishes, and I think this wine would go really nicely with a chicken or seafood dish. Perhaps even a generous Surf and Turf platter; maybe chunks of herb crusted lamb; thinly sliced, rare fillet steak; a good handful of tiger prawns or langoustine; a couple of fat, seared scallops; and a generous bowl of salt and pepper squid, flashed in the pan with a good dose of garlic and lemon juice. Add a few slices of rustic bread and eat with your fingers – just fab.
Okay, so maybe that sounds more like the type of meal you would pair with a good French white and not necessarily a Californian rosé. California doesn’t really make the word “rustic” spring to mind. But I think this would work really nicely, and what’s wrong with a little diversity anyway?
This is actually a pretty good wine, although – without trying to offend anyone, particularly the producers – I don’t feel that £9.99 is a totally fair price. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice – very nice in fact – but I think a more reasonable price for this wine would be somewhere in the region of £6 to £7.
I know I’m a cheapskate but, unless this wine experiences a serious price drop, I don’t think I’d buy it again once it goes back up to it’s regular retail price. A tenner is a lot to spend on a bottle of wine for us bread-liners.
Saying that though I am pleased I picked up this bottle; it gave me a newfound appreciation for the sweeter wines which, to be completely honest, I have avoided because I thought they were a bit namby-pamby. I don’t really like to admit I was wrong but, on this one occasion, I will put my hands up and admit it.
I found this Zinfandel in the special offer section of my local Tesco store – my favourite place to be. I do think it is an acquired taste but I’d recommend giving it a go, don’t be judgmental like me, I think you’ll probably be as pleasantly surprised as I was. Plus, the bottle’s really pretty too!
Image by Flo Wilson.