It’s no secret that I’m not the biggest Rondo fan, but I’m always open-minded, especially with wines that try to push the boundaries. This is a sparkling Rondo from Somerset with low dosage, low sulphur and low intervention, and it’s really quite delicious.
The colour is light ruby red – less dense than the 2017 vintage, which I also tried. The nose is a mixture of ripe red cherry, raspberry and hints of blackcurrant.
What I enjoyed about this was the brisk, clean, dry palate. It almost feels like a deep, dark rosé, with some lovely crunchy red fruit, tangy cranberry and pink grapefruit peel. There’s also a decent finish and it stands up really well to a meaty food pairing too.