Mateus Expressions range from Portugal
Why do you have to go and make things so complicated?
- Avril Lavigne, Complicated
Many years ago, my 19 year-old self wanted to impress a girl at my northern university, so I cooked her a meal and bought a bottle of wine.
It was a Mateus in that nicely shaped bottle, as I figured that after we'd drunk the wine, it would look good with a candle in it and some wax dripped down the side - a schtick beloved of Italian restaurants of the time and a look I wanted to copy.
I don't think I've ever had a bottle of Mateus in the two-and-a-half decades since and in some ways I'm slightly disappointed that the new Mateus Expressions range comes in high-shouldered Bordeaux bottles with a contemporary sort of label.
The wines themselves - three rosés and a white - are equally modern and pleasing, each a blend of native and international grapes.
Fresh, clean and fruit-forward, there's nothing to be afraid of here - these are light, modern, uncomplicated easy-drinkers.
The range is priced at £7.99 and the descriptions - dry, delicate, fresh, fruity - are a reliable guide to the style.
Overall, a lot less complicated than my teenage relationships; the girl and I went out for a few weeks at the end of which the relationship did not so much implode as spontaneously combust. These have a more pleasant, less dramatic finish.
With their screw-cap tops and easy style, they are ideal summer sippers or picnic wines.
Widely available and priced at £7.99; provided for review.
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