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Saturday, 14 December 2013

Rude Wines

A review of three wines from Rude Wines

Let me entertain you ...
I've been looking for serial monogamy ...

Robbie Williams (Let Me Entertain You and Kids)

Whether the world needs another iconoclastic online wine retailer with a risqué name is something of a moot point; Rude Wines launched earlier this year offering "real value and no mystique, just exciting wines" - plus a pun-tastic website.

They have been more recently joined by Sarah Abbott MW who describes them as "a young company, very jolly, really creative".

The wines are well-made and, straight out of the bottle, they feel full-on with plenty to say for themselves - a bit like Robbie, blue collar heroes here to entertain us.

Not so much elegant classics for purists, then, they are exuberant party animals, enjoyable quaffers - and my first reaction is that they are more kiss-me-quick than marriage potential.

With a bit of aeration, their more serious sides show - the attention-grabbing elements become less overt and they reveal their more-serious underpinnings; as if your bubbly date started conversing about geo-politics, Radiohead and Kandinsky.

Vino Spumante Rosato Brut NV (£10.99) a blend of Pinot Grigio and Pinot Nero, deep salmon pink, ripe red fruits, white pear and apple, clean-as-a-whistle acidity and some persistence on the finish. Balanced, if a little lacking in finesse - good, inexpensive Italian pink fizz.

Tohu Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (£14.99) pungent, catty, herbaceous and aromatic; zesty, pithy grapefruit and white peach - fresh and citrussy with some salinity. Well-made, good example of its style. Good.

Match the aromatics and high acidity with rocket and goat's cheese salad, salmon en croute or Thai green curry.

Chateau Vincens Prestige Cahors 2011 (£12.99) sweet ripe, baked black cherries, sweet vanilla, toasty oak, dried green herbs, cool mint and pencil shavings; a soft texture and fine, perfectly ripe tannins. Good.

Match with well-flavoured reds meats, such as roast beef and horseradish or lamb with rosemary and garlic.

Overall, these wines make a statement - but can back it up, too.
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