As we all know, we have now embarked on another year....so happy 2013 everyone! Every year since falling pregnant with m daughter, it has been a tradition of mine to just order an indian takeaway and laze the new year in (probably a bad indication of how the rest of the year will carry on lol!) and this year was no different. My partner had to work, and to be honest the price of going out on NYE and the hassle of finding a babysitter is too much so was expecting to be home with the little one and watch a good film and have a nice bath until around 8pm my two besties messaged me they were coming round with vodka, rose, lemonade and some chocolates, crisps and dip...so what a way to see the new year in with my 2 gal pals and a glass of rose in hand!
So my friends arrived on doorstep and we started off sipping the vodka and lemonade (my party pooper friend just lemonade lol) and at about 5 to midnight we popped this Rose wine. It came in a nice typical wine bottle, slim and with the black tower rose label. I think my friend said she paid a mere £5 for this so it won't break the bank and is reasonably priced.
The wine itself is a pale pink colour, and I don't normally like wine, but being in a perky mood after all the indian takeaway, I was happy to drink this and was pleasantly surprised! It was quite fruity, and sweet and refreshing. It didn't have the distinct after taste I find with some rose wines and I could pick out the red grape flavour quite easily. It smells quite gentle and would be great as a summer wine as it was quite light and would make a great accompaniment for a summer barbecue or get together.
Not being one to handle my drink and feeling tipsy from the earlier vodka's and lemonade, I slowed my intake of this a bit by consuming it with some schweppes lemonade. This went down as an absolute treat and was even more crisp and the fruity flavoured still remained at the forefront and was not diluted by what I thought would be an overpowering lemonade!
This rose is best chilled and although is only 9.5% ABV somehow I woke up today with a bit of a bugger of a headache! We were also quite giggly after downing a few glasses of this rose wine, even when mixed with lemonade so I'd warn that it is strangely stronger than it would appear! Overall I did like this rose wine and would definitely buy it the next time I have the girls over as it tastes nice, is refreshing, doesn't break the bank and get's us all giggly!
~ Black Tower Rose Wine ~
I do enjoy a refreshing glass of chilled wine at the weekend and my wine of choice is usually a Rose, which I will often purchase alongside my grocery shopping from either Tesco or Asda. I have purchased a Rose wine from the well-known "Black Tower" brand on a few occasions now, and this review outlines my experiences of the drink.
Packaged in a thin, slender bottle with an attractive design, the bottle of Black Tower Rose is 75cl in size which I find is average with many wines that I purchase nowadays. The bottle has an attractive label with the familiar Black Tower branding on and there is nothing about the wine's packaging or branding that looks cheap or below-par.... And certainly, I would have no issue gifting the wine to a friend. The usual price for the bottle is around £5 - £6 which is reasonable value, although I do find the bottle of wine is often available at a promotional price of around £4 which is even better of course!
The wine itself is a gorgeous pale pink colour, as you would expect with a rose wine. I find the wine is wonderfully fruity, and this is evident even as it is poured from the bottle into my glass. The fruit-like undertone to this wine is really quite strong in my opinion, although this is not a negative point where I am concerned. The aroma is quite delicious and has a refreshing quality to it that I find is perfectly suited to the warmer summer months, although not exclusively, and I will happily admit to drinking this wine on occasion recently now that the cold winter nights are upon us! It is just as enjoyable at this time of year so I do think it is slightly more versatile than other refreshments that are really more suited to the summer months in my opinion.
The taste of the drink is entirely reminiscent of its aroma, being completely fruit-filled in its initial appearance. The main fruit detectable - to me anyway - is strawberry but without the familiar acidic edge that many strawberry flavours possess. Instead, this strawberry essence is balanced neatly with another fruit flavour which is something berry-like in its essence, and the two work in harmony beautifully I think, providing a pleasant, fruity foundation for the red grape content to rest upon. The end result is a fruity culmination of flavours, but without any stark sweetness that would no doubt be overpowering and sickly. Instead, the flavour is completely balanced and without any sickly trace, instead providing a crisp edge that feels flavoursome and fresh.
I find the Black Tower Rose to be the perfect balance between dry and sweet. I do not particularly like dry wines that have an unpleasant bitterness to them in my opinion, but neither do I particularly enjoy drinking wine that is so sweet it feels sickly and overbearing. The Black Tower Rose meets squarely in the middle, providing a fruity sweetness to the crispness of the wine which offsets it and calms it perfectly. The end result is a wine that feels completely refreshing and delicious, with a relaxed taste that is neither bitter or overly flamboyant.
Something I have found with slightly cheaper wines is that they can possess a rather bitter aftertaste, or have a bitter 'edge' to their flavour which is quite off-putting. Neither of these annoying traits is present with the Black Tower wine which is evidence to me of its high quality.
The only negative I can think of, when considering the Black Tower Rose Wine is what I would describe as nit-picking, being the fact that the wine doesn't really offer anything particularly innovative or different when compared to other wines that I purchase regularly. The wine feels very chilled out and relaxed, without screaming about anything particularly noticeable or different, but to be quite honest, it is tasty enough and enjoyable enough that this is more than acceptable for my own tastes, and I can't help but recommend it with a full stretch of stars in the product rating score, as a result.
The alcohol content of this particular wine is 9.5% which I think is slightly higher than average, although I am not 100% sure. I find that serving the drink chilled and cold is when it tastes at its best - I even have a friend who drinks the wine with ice cubes but storing it in the fridge and serving it chilled is good enough for me. As with most wine bottles, the glass can be recycled.
As @ the time of writing (December 2012), the large bottle of Black Tower Rose Wine can be purchased in good supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda. The current price for the bottle is £4.99 from Tesco and £5.68 from Asda. There is also a small bottle available to buy in some stores which costs around the £1.50 mark, which is the perfect opportunity to sample out this lovely wine by having a little taster glass...!
WHAT IS IT?
A rose wine made by Black Tower.
This is a very nice rose wine that is smooth and very fruity. It tastes a bit of strawberries but has also got a flowery taste that makes it a good wine to drink in summer because it is so refreshing and fresh tasting. This wine is a lot sweeter than Black Towers white wine and it also smells sweet while it is in the glass. I can drink this wine very quickly because it has got such a nice flavour so I have to make sure I take care when I open a bottle.
WHAT I THINK
I like this Black Tower wine very much and buy it when I want to drink a wine that is refreshing. It is best served chilled but I do not like the flavour when I use it to make a long spritzer drink. It has got a soft flavour that means it goes well with lots of different foods such as fish, poultry or chicken. I don't like to serve it with red meat or spicy dishes because the Black Tower Rose is quit delicate so it does not compliment those sorts of food as well.
My husband used it recently to mix with fruit and fruit juices as a punch and that was a very nice drink but quite dangerous because it didn't taste alcoholic so we all ended up drinking a lot that day. I do not cook with it very often because when I added it to seafood stew it gave the sauce a funny flavour and I think that was because of the flowery flavours in the wine even though they are quite weak.
This wine gives me quite a bad headache the next day even if I don't get drunk and don't even drink enough to get a hangover through. It does not go stale once I have opened the bottle so if I do not drink the whole bottle with friends then I can just replace the lid and finish it another time, or sometimes I buy the small 18cl bottles to save any waste.
Black Tower Rose has got 9.5% alcohol and a 70cl bottle costs about £6.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
==Black Tower Rose Wine==
Being a big drinker of the white version of the Black Tower wine it is only a natural progression that I would indeed try this pink version of the very popular German drink. It has the usual price of around £4.89 pence and is one of those wines that is often on offer for £4 so is a good deal if you can get it.
The bottle of Black Tower Rose has a similar style to the white wine but it has a clear glass bottle rather than the classic black coloured glass of its white wine brother. The label that goes around the middle of the bottle looks very much the same to the white wine bottle and the screw cap makes it easy to get into and easy to save any if by chance there is any left in the bottle!
This Black Tower Rose wine is a relatively mild wine with an alcoholic content of 9.5% and is a light and fruity wine much like its white wine version. There is a sweet fruitiness that goes with this rose with a strawberry and raspberry taste and this gives it a much sweeter taste compared with the white wine version.
This wine like with most whites or rose wines really is best served nice and cold. I like to chill my glass too so that when pouring the wine out there is no chance of the wine getting warmer. The chilled wine has a crispness which is really enjoyable and the wine works well with pasta dishes although to be fair I am happy to enjoy this wine with all sorts of food and even on its own. Of course its nice to share a bottle with others but also a whole bottle I find slides down with relative ease.
The fact that this rose wine is light and refreshing makes it an easy one to drink and I much prefer the rose wine from Black Tower over the slightly sharper and slightly less sweet white wine that they make and this is one that I will buy on a regular basis especially if it is on a special offer of some kind.
The wine is a good price for the taste and enjoyment that is got when drinking the wine. It is a good wine for any occasion and any meal so really I think I would be more than happy to award a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and it gets a high recommendation from me.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read
I've never been much of a wine drinker at all preferring to mix spirits and soft drinks or drinking alcopops. I thought it would be more sophisticated, especially for a woman of my age to start being a little more mature and drinking something slightly more elegant.
I started trying out different wines but I'd be lying if I said I had a clue where to start. Standing in the alcohol aisle at Asda is quite intimidating with about 200 different choices of white, rosé and red wine to choose from. My daughter recommended I try the Black tower white wine which I did quite a while ago and found it to be my favourite brand. When I realised that I preferred rosé, I was chuffed to discover
that Black tower also make a rosé wine as well.
The Black tower Rosé wine comes in a clear bottle with a small white label stating the brand. The cork is covered in a pink foil and you can see the pink/pale red wine through the bottle. In all fairness, it looks like a classy, expensive bottle of wine, but this is coming from someone who hasn't a clue!
I poured a glass of this and could instantly smell the sweet, fruity scent of the wine. It has that slightly tangy, sour taste that I normally get from wine but this is much smoother and fruiter, it's very refreshing which I don't normally find when drinking wine. You can taste the mixture of strawberry, grapes and raspberry mixed with the alcohol for a crisp, light flavour. It doesn't leave a nasty taste in your mouth either, so I find this is a really nice wine to drink whilst having dinner.
I do normally keep my wine in the fridge, and would definitely recommend you do so with this wine. I've read online that it gives the wine a fresher, crisper taste if it is chilled. I left the bottle on the side after having a couple of glasses and when I took a sip of it after it had gone to room temperature it didn't taste as nice at all.
I only paid £4 for a 75cl bottle of this wine which I think is mad! It is definitely my favourite rosé wine, if not my favourite wine of all time! It's a lovely flavour and it isn't too strong at just 9.5% so you can enjoy a glass or two with dinner without feeling the need for a nap afterwards! I almost feel smart now when people ask me what wine I prefer I actually have a name I can recommend :) I'd definitely recommend this to try if you haven't before as it is a nice wine and it's so cheap too!
I like many women I know enjoy a good glass of 'pink wine', generally known as 'Rose' and as I'm not allowed to drink for a week I've decided to sit down and review the pink I can remember (!).
The things that usually sway me when purchasing any wine are unfortunatly what sway most of us, the price. I'm not a wine connesiur and nor do I proclaim to be, so this review shall not be full of the 'nonesense' they print on the bottle such as "beautiful oaky taste." I mean how can anything taste like oak unless you've eaten oak? Anyway I digress.
Whilst I may not be an expert in wine, I am however an ex student who still rather enjoys drinking. This I feel makes me educated enough to review any alcohol I have tried.
Anyway back to the Black Tower story. As of time of writing it's retails cheapest at Asda for £4.81 according to mysupermarket.co.uk. But as a general rule you'll find it around the £5 mark, which strangely enough is my cut off point for wine. And you'd be surprised just how many of the 'cheap' wines actually taste pleasing. This one especially.
It has a beautiful colour, and the bottle itself is only rivalled in appearence by the Disarono bottle in my opinion. It looks fantastic on the dinner table, not that it lasts very long when my friend Jamie comes over. In general it looks much more expensive than it is. This goes for all three Black Tower brands, the white wine coming in a lovely and rather impressive black bottle.
It comes in bottles of 75cl, which is roughly in my experience around four large(by my standards!) glasses and with a 9.5% volume that should be more than enough to get your party relaxed. You can however find this wine in minature one glass bottles at supermarkets such as Asda, a useful way to try a new brand.
Onto the taste. It's sweet and light, almost crispy but not overpowering unlike some Rose brands I've tried. It doesn't leave you feeling sick if you have another glass and in fact it goes down quite easily - a bit of a problem if you don't want to wake up with a headache!
The only issue I have with this wine is there tends to be a tiny amount of 'bits' at the bottom of the bottle which make their way into your last glass, they look a bit like tea leaves but didn't do me any harm. I don't know if that was a problem only specifically in the bottles I've purchased or if other people have encountered it but it didn't affect my enjoyment of this drink.
All in all this is the perfect rose wine for a summer's barbeque or to relax in the bath with. The only problem is like Pringles, it tastes so good you may find yourself always wanting more!
A few years back I couldn't stand the taste of wine; I just hated it and avoided it at all costs. However, once I started uni it seemed to be a cheaper drink to have when out and I also didn't mind having it with meals either socially which is when my world changed. I started trying different wines as there are definitely good and bad one's and obviously the country they come from makes a big difference. I still do not like red wine, I hate it and just think it is too strong and even white if it's a nice one it goes down great but if not I will not touch it. My ultimate favourite is rose as it is more feminine has a nice glow in the glass and generally gets the taste just right.
I have been through several rose wine brands though as some are not as great as others but at Asda they do miniature bottles which is where I got introduced to Black Tower. I had never had it before but my friend always drinks this and I decided to give it a go one night.
Black Tower by looking at the bottle seems to be a German wine, which is not really an obvious county for wine but it doesn't mean it isn't good. The bottles of Black Tower are very distinct as unlike the other shapely, curved in bottles this one is tall and almost quite narrow at the top. It is a clear textured bottle and has the warm yellow label on the front with the Black Tower logo in an almost Old English font. It then has a motif behind and a gold edge. It is 2008 Rose that I purchased and it says that it is from the Rhine Valley.
The description on the label, to describe the hints in this wine are that it is fermented cool to capture the delicate strawberry and raspberry flavours produced by the red grapes in this area and that it should be enjoyed chilled. The bottle is 75cl and is 4 alcohol units which obviously should not be consumed in one day even though most people go against the drink aware rules.
The bottle is a cork so needs to be prised open by a cork screw which I have to ask my housemates to open because I am useless with these being a relatively new wino. Once opened, you can smell the sweets fruity scents and the cork can either go back in or you can put back in the fridge open left to chill.
On first taste it has a light taste not too strong and is faintly fruity, it goes down nicely and on the second swig I really get a taste of the berry hints in the background, these are just right and not too overpowering. It really has a very nice taste to it just right for a nice social drink or the odd glass. If you drink too quickly it probably will get you slightly tipsy though as all wines do have a high volume % so just take it easy on the measurements.
If you are a fan of Rose wine and want a nice feminine brand then this might be for you, of course men can enjoy rose too even though most I meet don't like to say this wine but more so red as it is stronger obviously. This wine does come in miniature bottles from Asda priced at roughly £1.50 if you are just wanting a nice end of working week sized glass then that could be enough for you and gives you the opportunity to try in case this wine doesn't fit your wine tastes.
If you are like me and want the full sized bottle then you should go to your local Asda right away as this is currently on offer for £4 which is a bargain. I bought mine on Friday and had to run back in for some more food in the evening and all of the bottles were gone, this is no exaggeration so this says a lot about the popularity of Black Tower Rose! £4.86 is the normal price which you will se it at so technically it is only an 86p drop but in hard times of recession then people still like to save every penny they can apparently.
I still think at £4.86 this is worth the money though for a good brand as there is nothing worse than a cheap bottle of wine that you have to force down before a night out. They unfortunately do not have an official website for more information but I have managed to find out a few facts about the brand for you all.
Black Tower is actually Germany's widest exported brand and has been popularly drunk since it was founded in 1968. As stated before, the grapes for this wine grow along the River Rhine where the warm climate provides sunlight to ripen the grapes.
The grapes for this wine are pressed right away to sustain the fruitiness. The wine is then fermented at about 16 degrees Celsius for about 3 weeks and blended to get the perfect colour and fruity hints. This wine has a percentage of 9.5%.
Brand: Black Tower / Beverages Type: Wines