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Brand: Sogrape / Rose Wine / Country: Portugal.

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      09.06.2013 12:57
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      Still great after all these years!

      Wine-wise, the seventies seem to have been dominated by the triumvirate of Blue Nun, Black Tower and Mateus Rose (apologies for omitting the accent on the e - can't find it on the laptop!).

      Blue Nun & Black Tower were both German sweet white wines, very typical of the times, but both brands have since updated themselves, redesigning bottles and labels, and introducing new varieties (including reds & roses). Whilst I would probably find the original wine undrinkable now, it's a bit sad to see these icons of seventies sophistication have changed to the point where just the name seems to be the same.

      Mateus Rose however is practically identical - and accept for an updating of the pic on the label the bottle remains mostly unchanged - and with a big red candle and lots of melted wax dripping down around it could still take pride of place on a gingham tablecloth!

      The bottle is green and has a flat round design - maybe not as "dumpy" as it used to be - but still very recognisable. We've got the screw top now instead of a cork - which takes the still out of opening the bottle without a corkscrew (stiletto heels and steak knives were among my attempts!).

      Once inside - yum - either the taste has lasted the tests of time or they have sneakily changed it, but it appears to be the same as ever, and still enjoyable! In it's day it was probably seen as quite a dry wine - now it's sweeter than most I would drink, but is still fresh. It is slightly sparkling, but if you don't consume it all when it is opened the fizz has gone by the time you revisit it (doesn't happen often in this house!). It's pleasant to drink, with or without food, and isn't as sweet as most other roses I have tried - most of which gave me a thumping headache.

      The alcohol content is 11% - I quite like this "voltage" - enough to give the wine a good kick, but not as scary 14% like many reds! Plus you can get a bottle for under a fiver!

      The wine is from the lovely country of Portugal - and if you order it there they have special Mateus bottle shaped wine cooling jackets (never seen that here - pity).

      I had a look on their website and they also do a Shiraz and a sparkling demi sec. The other variation is a sparking rose which I tried once and enjoyed it well enough but preferred the original.

      Now that the summer seems to have arrived, I have ordered some of Tesco wines - the case is due on Tuesday so hopefully the sunshine will last till then - and if not I can cheer myself up with this lovely little blast from the past!

      So fire up the fondue set, flip on a Peter's and Lee LP and relive a golden age that is just as good today!

      Thanks for reading - cheers!

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        18.11.2012 11:21
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        tasty

        I'm becoming quite impartial to the odd glass of wine in the evening , mixed with lemonade of course as I'm not a big drinker and just have a glass every night to chill out with, having previously not drank for years I have started to have the odd glass with friends when we have our girlie nights in and have found that the rose and white wines are my favorites, but not all of them as I have tried a few and not liked, but this Mateus Rose Wine is really quite nice.

        I like the bottle as it's easty to spot on the supermarket shelf and is quite attractice and looks original and sophisticated.
        This is 11% and the bottles are 75cl , it costs around £6 a bottle depending where you buy it from and this is the average price of a bottle of good wine these days, so it's not too expensive.

        This has a light slighly dry taste and is made with grapes so is a nice fruity wine which is the kind I find myself drawn to as I like the different fruity tastes, this one isn't too heavy on the palate and is nice and refreshing when it's mixed with lemonade.

        This is on my christmas list but it would make a lovely present to give too someone or it's good to take with you to parties as it's one of the wines that a lot of poeple like to drink.
        It is a good accompliament to fish dishes or lasagna and other pasta dishes and is great to have on a sunny day mixed with lemonade while your outside in the sun with your barberque.

        All in all I like it and can recommend this to you.
        Don't forget to drink wisely and never drink and drive.

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          11.11.2012 13:57
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          This is a traditional wine that tastes delicious

          WHAT IS IT?

          Light rose wine with an alcohol content of 11%. It is a very traditional wine and I remember my mother drinking it when I was a child.

          THE FLAVOUR

          Mateus Rose wine is light and refreshing, it tastes fruity and sweet but is sophisticated and retains a certain dry element. There is a fruity after taste but that doesn't last or very long and leaves my mouth feeling very fresh and clean. I used to drink it as a spritzer in the summer but found wines that were better suited because when diluted the flavour of this wine turns very weak.

          WHAT I THINK

          I like to drink this wine with meals because the light flavour goes well with any foods apart from heavy spicy flavours. I like to drink it with my regular noodle dish from the Chinese restaurant because this is how my mother always drank hers, the light flavour and texture of the wine cleanses the palate after greasy and oily oriental foods. My favourite sit down Chinese restaurant serves Mateus Rose and that confirms that it is very good with Chinese food.

          It has got a bit of a creamy flavour when I swallow it but that doesn't make it feel heavy at all and it helps the fruity after taste to come though and makes it a wine that you can drink in the summer or the winter. It's not sickly and has a beautiful smell that is mainly of strawberries but I can also smell flowers, this isn't in the taste but it makes me want to smell my wine before I drink it.

          I last drank Mateus Rose on Monday with a cod and prawn seafood stew and it was perfect as it always is with fish. It is delicate in flavour so doesn't cover the largely tasteless fish but complimented the spicy seafood sauce I had made to go with it.

          The bottle is also very unique and it brings back memories every time I see it because it has not changed since I was a small child.

          5 Dooyoo Stars.

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          11.11.2012 11:15
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          A lovely light and sparkling rosé which tastes tangy and delicious

          As yesterday was Saturday, my friend and I shared a bottle of wine... All in the name of Dooyoo reviews of course!! Our tipple of choice was Mateus Rose.

          History
          The drink dates back to 1942 in Portugal where the drink was created at the end of World War 2. It is easily spotted thanks to its unusually shaped bottle which is actually fashioned on the flask that the soldiers carried during World War 1. The drink also stands out for it's lovely pink colour and it's sold more than a billion bottles since its creation. The drink now comes in three other varieties in additional to the original - Mateus Rose Shiraz, Mateus Sparkling Rose and Mateus Sparkling Demi Sec.

          Packaging and Price
          This drink was easy to spot on the supermarket shelf because of its very unusual shape. The glass bottle is shaped exactly like a flask which is wide but thin circular bottle half and its tall thin neck. It has a pale pink picture of two house by a river although I've not sure why and the lid is covered with pale pink foil. The drink will cost you around £4 so it's quite cheap and it can be bought from alcohol shops, large supermarkets and also from a variety of online websites.

          About the drink
          The drink is described as being young, light and fresh, and it is advertised as being the perfect wine to liven up any occasion. It is created using sun ripened grapes from Portugal which have been slowly fermented to give the wine the pretty colour. It is said to go with light meals which include salads, fish and white meat. The drink has an alcohol percentage of 11%.

          My experience
          The wine is a rosé wine and so it's a good compromise for two people who like red and white. It has a beautiful bright colour that is pinker than most rosé wines that I have drunk. The wine smells fruity but it still has that alcohol roughness to it so you are very aware that you are drinking wine. Nevertheless, the wine is light and pleasant to drink and it tastes tangy and fruity. It is slightly sparkling and bubbly, which makes it more fun to drink.

          I have to be honest, I am no wine connoisseur and I don't understand the whole wine going nicely with food thing. We this wine with a pack of Salt & Vinegar Squares and it went down just lovely, haha! We polished off the bottle between us and it left us feeling merry and happy. There was no headache or hangover this morning which is always a bonus in my opinion as I do seem to feel sick after consuming alcohol.

          Conclusion
          All in all, this is a fun and feminine wine which smells and tastes fruity, and has some bubbles thrown in for good measure. The bottle looks attractive, the colour is eye catching and the price makes this one a great wine for enjoying on a girl's night in. I would happily repurchase this wine.

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            07.11.2012 14:34
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            a great versatile wine

            ==Mateus Rose==

            I generally get most of my wine knowledge from what I have drunk and what I like. Most of what I drink when it comes to trying new varieties of wine comes from my mother. She is quite a big wine drinker and has been for many years so she has tried a good few and has quite a lot that she likes to alternate between. Seeing as it is mostly me who cooks the big Sunday dinners it is generally her job to choose, buy and bring the wine with her for us to share at dinner. Of course with three adults for a bottle to go around we tend to get another bottle to go with the one she drinks otherwise we would only have one small glass each (which is never enough!).

            The Mateus Rose is one of her favourite Rose wines as like others it is one that she used to have many moons ago in copious amounts no doubt. Because of the fact that she buys it quite a lot and brings it round for us to share I myself have taken quite a liking to it and it is certainly up there with my other top rose wine to drink.

            For a 75 cl bottle of this rose wine you will be looking at paying a regular price of around the £4 to £5 region if it is not on offer. This is a pretty smaller bottle of wine than we are used to so the price does work out a little higher than others but I think for the taste it is worth it - although that said I do keep an eye out for any special offers and mainly purchase it then.

            The shape of the bottle gives this wine visually something a little extra. The only bad thing that I would say about the design of the bottle is that its shape means that I can't fit it in my wine rack therefore it is not a bottle that is easily stocked up on and will often need to be drunk soon after purchase! What a shame!

            The Mateus Rose is a Portuguese wine which has been sold for over 70 years so would suggest it is a popular one. I feel that the lightness of the wine makes it easy to drink any time and with any dish (or even without food at all) although the back of the bottle advises to drink it with light meals such as pasta or fish.

            The wine is fresh tasting and fruity and rather unobtrusive all round. There is no funny after taste and the wine seems to glide down across ones pallet rather easily and a bottle goes quickly because of this and of course because of the size of the bottle!

            I think it is a lovely wine and super easy to drink. There is nothing overly special about it and although it is one of my favourites there are other rose wines that I find are tastier on the whole and have a more distinctive taste. That said I am sure I will buy this rose wine again and for that reason I feel that t a score of 4 out of 5 stars is more than adequate and I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.


            I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you

            Many thanks for taking the time to read

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              15.12.2010 11:04
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              When I see this in the shop, I often hesitate, then buy something else

              I'll admit to not being in the first flush of youth - nor the second for that matter. Nevertheless, I do admire brands with longevity and it is good to see that Mateus Rose is still on the go and it has been now for nearly 70 years.

              At one time, when my youth was first flushed, this was one of the few Rose wines you could get and because it has traditionally been fairly cheap and because it has traditionally come in a unique shaped bottle, it was often bought to take to dinner parties etc. Incidentally, for those who have sometimes wondered, the shape of the bottle was allegedly inspired by the shape of the flasks soldiers carried during the First World War. I suspect many of them were converted into lamp bases or otherwise kept because it is such an unusual shape.

              It's a simple unprepossessing Portuguese table wine (rated a 4 on the wine taste scale) with no pretensions of grandeur. It has a light feel to it and slips down very nicely with a meal or on its own. I samples some last night with my chicken fajita (home made not out of a box!) There is nothing you can really dislike about it. It's not too strong, it's not too acidic and it has no nasty aftertaste. I would say that for those who prefer Rose wines to red or white it's a good everyday wine. In fairness however, it has been swamped somewhat by the hugely increased sales of rose wine and although sales in volume terms will doubtless have benefited from the surge in popularity of this type of wine, it no longer has the market share it once had.

              So much of our supermarket shelving is now given over to wines and spirits, it perhaps sounds the death knell for the brand if it cannot effectively compete with the newcomers to the market sector. If you cannot command shelf space and thereby gain volume sales, then you may not last long as a brand. In an attempt to rekindle the fortunes of the brand there is now a Mateus Rose Shiraz in the same shaped bottle but this time clear so that you can see the pink colour of the wine shining through. Also a Mateus Rose Sparkling in a more traditional shaped bottle.

              It may not be the first choice for the young but it retains a niche following amongst many older people.

              You can currently get 4 little taster bottles in a dinky 17.5cl size for a fiver in Asda - handy if you're the only Rose drinker in the family.

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                27.07.2009 05:08
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                Is my all time favourite

                Mateus Rose is an easily available wine available at Tesco and Asda. It usually costs around £4.34 for 750ml, at this price is a fantastic deal.
                This wine comes in a pretty unique round bottle with along neck. The design is simple, classic and looks expensive. Defiantly something to be proud putting it on the table. It has an old fashioned feel to it. The glass is a dark green and for those who do not know what rose is it might come as a big surprise to find out that this is actually a pink delicate wine.

                How does it taste?

                Well first I have to say that it comes from Portugal and the Portuguese sure know how to make good fine wine.
                This one is basically like light champagne, it is actually slightly sparkly. The taste is light, fresh and fruity.
                It has an 11% volume of alcohol but you would not think that because of it being a bit fizzy goes straight to your head.
                All I can say an 100% wine for ladies, so guys if you want to impress this would be it. I mean you can spend £10 for a rose and would not even come as close it this.

                This wine is so versatile in my opinion goes well with pretty much everything.

                Every month I buy a bottle, I drink very little and sometimes a small glass before I go to bed. Plus it is good for when I have quests coming over it never disappoints.

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                  01.05.2009 23:54
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                  A wonderfully versatile wine

                  I don't know about you, but my wine decisions are often based on the weather. I have to be in the right frame of mind for a good rose, white or red, adn the sun will quite often provoke me into a glass or two of a good pink wine. Mateus Rose is a wine I distinctly remember from the very first time I ever worked in a bar. We sold it, and it was very popular. This was ab out 12 years ago.

                  Today, the distinctive, dumpy and rounded bottle still sells well, and is instantly recognisable on the shelf. It doesn't blend in so much with all of the other regular shaped wines, and is easily spotted. As such, when I was looking for a rose in my local Somerfield yesterday, this was the first one I migrated towards: familiarity indeed.

                  Opening the bottle, the faint aroma of fruit comes up straight away, slightly sweet but not overpowering and only a faint hint of it on the nose. The first glass you pour, if you do so straight away, will have a little fizz about it. After that, it calms down and behaves as a regular still rose would. Only the first hint seems to have a bit of fizz to it.

                  The shade falls squarely in the middle, if you ask me. It's not too laight or dark, adn the taste is very similar. It's not so crisp that it begs to be called dry, nor is it too full of fruit to err on the sweet side. Yes, it is fruity, but this is not overly exaggerated so as to become too sweet once tasted. It has an easily quaffable taste to it, and its 11% ABV (alcohol by volume) means that a couple of glasses do seem to have less effect on you than some stronger wines.

                  It's important to chill it, as per the recommendation, which tends to go for most rose wines as well. Once chilled, the taste is much nicer: a warm Mateus Rose trickling down your throat really doesn't bear much thinking about. I find that a glass of this straight out of the fridge on a nice Summer's day is a great way to relax, much more so than a lot of rose and white wines. For me, red is best served with a good cut of meat, or in the winter. I wouldn't choose it for quaffing in the sunshine, but white or rose fit this bill, with this particular wine seeming to be just the trick in my opinion. It falls just within the realms of a medium rose, perhaps some may find it slightly sweeter due to its fruity nature. Recommendations are to serve it with barbecues and salads amongst other things, hinting again at a summery feel to the drink.

                  I bought this bottle for £3.99. It's a 75cl bottle, so regular in terms of size, and at 11%, it's a good one for an afternoon. I found the price to be very good considering how versatile the wine is, and how much of a good initial fizz it gives before the flavours kick out the fizz and provide a smooth and quaffable wine to go perfectly with a summery Spring evening. Recommended!

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                    Be careful not to get drunk

                    Mateus Rose is a wine which brings me back many memories. When I was younger I lived in Italy for few years, and around the age of 15 we began playing with wine.

                    In Italy parents are permissive about their offsprings drinking wine. Together with my friends, we used to go in the countryside with a few bottles of chilled Mateus Rose in summer.

                    Mateus Rose comes from Portugal and I have always drunk it chilled. It sells for around 4-5 Pounds in Uk, which is more than what you pay in Spain, for example.

                    It has a very fresh bouquet and it definitively ahs some hint of fruits in it.

                    It is a very addictive, and therefore wine and I love to drink it. It goes down very well, may be there is a better way of putting this, but this is the truth of the matter.

                    It is also low in alcohol and when it is chilled, you can drink 2 glasses very quickly, only to realize after 30 minutes, that..ops..this is still wine!

                    I recommend it for picnic, for any dish with fish and as a starter, or aperitive.

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                      30.07.2007 11:59
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                      A nice drinkable Portuguese rosé that is perfect for summer picnics

                      Ah… the funny rounded bottle that I remember from the 70’s. When the APs (that’s the Aged Parents… funny how they never appreciated that nickname!) had their cheese and wine parties someone would always turn up with a bottle or two of this

                      This poor old wine has suffered for many years with its dated image, but now it could be making a bit of a comeback… hopefully a more successful one than its ill-fated alcoholic friend Babycham

                      Recently I’ve noticed a few adverts on the goggle box trying to persuade us that mateus rosé is a cool drink. So being a lover of all things pink and partial to the odd glass (or two) of wine I thought I’d give it a whirl. Well, at the reasonable price of £4.35 a bottle, in Tesco, I couldn’t go too far wrong could I?

                      I quite like the old fashioned styling of the bottle. Even though the bottle has been redesigned and updated, it still has a styling that takes me back to my youth when people would save these bottles to make into lamps, not something I would have in my house personally but the nostalgic feeling is nice on a warm summer day when the birds are singing, the bees are humming and I have time to lie in the grass and dream… sorry, back to business here!

                      The worst thing about white or rosé wine is having to wait for it to chill, luckily I bought this after work one evening so come Sunday, our first summery day for ages I took the bottle(s) from the fridge, packed a little picnic and headed to our local green as there was a jazz band playing that afternoon. There is something about jazz and rosé wine that go so well together…

                      Lying on the fresh green grass with the sun streaming over me, a light wind ruffling my hair and the strains of some good old trad jazz playing I popped the cork and poured a glass. The colour is delightful on a sunny day; not too dark and not to pale, some rosés can look a little insipid and almost vinegary

                      The bouquet is light, fresh and quite summery with a hint of fruitiness and if you stick your nose in far enough the bubbles will tickle it… something we all ended up doing after a few glasses, when the giggles got to us

                      The flavour is delicious, a refreshing, slightly sweet fruitiness that is lighter than a red wine and less acidic than many whites and the slight fizziness is a pleasant tickle on the tongue with none of the over bubbliness of many sparkling wines and champagnes. The crispness of this wine and the fact that is of a medium flavour; not too sweet and cloying, nor so dry it puckers your mouth means it is a very good lazy Sunday afternoon drink… the bottles seemed to evaporate in the summer heat at a fairly swift pace, but we all felt mellow and relaxed without going over the edge into staggering drunkenness

                      Perfect with a summer picnic or for just drinking with friends at 11% it pays to be a little moderate in your consumption as tomorrow morning could find you clutching your head and cursing that stubby bottle

                      And of course should you choose to recycle your bottles they still make pretty nifty candleholders… much easier to make than table-lamps!

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                      This medium dry rose wine is a particularly well-balanced fresh, light and fruity wine. Attractive light pink colour. Fresh grapey nose with distinct varietal characteristics.