Rós 2019 was only the second vintage of my wild ferment Grenache rosé from Navarra. If it takes a village to raise a child, then, along with José & Alicia at Tandem Winery, my O'Briens colleagues and lovely Rós customers, my wine journalist colleagues have also been a key part of the community raising Rós. I am very grateful for their support & here I would like to share some of their views.
Leslie Williams, The Irish Examiner, March 2020.
"This is an excellent rosé for cooler weather- Provençal rosé just seems a little light-weight at this time of year. Made by O'Briens' Wine Director and resident Master of Wine, Lynne Coyle, with Alicia Eyaralar of Bodegas Tandem in Navarra. Made from wild ferment Garnacha with distinct strawberry aromas, ripe red fruits on the palate and a dry but fruit focused finish."
John Wilson, The Irish Times, May 2020.
"A gorgeous, medium-bodied rosé brimming with plump ripe strawberries that are offset perfectly by a vibrant acidity. Perfect with grilled and poached salmon."
Martin Moran, The Sunday Times, May 2020.
"O'Briens' buyer Lynne Coyle teamed up with Bodegas Tandem to produce an intensely fruity, fresh rosé. A little darker than some, but that's good."
Corinna Hardgrave, The Irish Independent, May 2020.
"Made by Master of Wine and O'Briens Director of Wine, Lynne Coyle, this is a rosé with intent. Wild fermented, it is textured with a beautiful intensity of ripe loganberries and touch of ripe pink grapefruit."
Tom Doorley, The Irish Sunday Mail, May 2020.
"A joint venture between O'Briens' Lynne Coyle MW and the lovely family-owned Tandem winery in Navarra. Full of fruit but crisp, fresh and dry."
Mathew Nugent, The Irish Sun, May 2020.
"Delightfully delicious, second vintage of what was one of the most popular 2019 Rosés. Ticks loads of boxes, including low-intervention and fermentation with wild yeasts. A collaborative project between O’Briens Lynne Coyle and Bodegas Tandem winemaker Alicia Eyaralar in Navarra, Spain. Dee-lish, dry, with soft red notes. Proper pink colour too."
Leslie Williams, The Irish Examiner, May 2020.
"All the old favourites are there including O’Briens wine director Lynne Coyle’s Rós from Navarre."
Aoife Carrigy, The Irish Independent, September 2020.
"A juicy, generous rosé of quality and substance fermented with wild yeasts and minimal intervention to allow Garnacha's red-fruit character sing. Try with cold cut meats, tarts and roast vegetable salads."
& Rós 2018
Marie Claire Digby, The Irish Times, April 2019.
" A rosé wine made in Spain by two women winemakers – one Irish and one Spanish – is set to make a big impact on the Irish wine scene this summer. The first vintage of Rós, a low-intervention wine, fermented with wild yeasts, will go on sale at branches of O'Briens, nationwide, early next week. Lynne Coyle who is director of wine at O'Briens and holds the Master of Wine qualification, collaborated with Alicia Eyaralar of Bodegas Tandem in Navarra to make the wine with grapes grown on a two hectare plot of old Garnacha vines. Just 1,000 cases of the wine were made, and although Coyle has received interest from the UK, Australia and Hong Kong, and says that a few cases may make their way there, the majority of the wine will be sold in Ireland with a retail price of €16.95 a bottle."
Matthew Nugent, The Irish Sun, April 2019.
"The delicately dry, pale pink rosé, with enticing ripe raspberry/strawberry aromas and a soft, balanced red fruit palate that stole the show. Rós has two proud parents - Alicia and Lynne Coyle, the wine buyer at O'Briens Wine. Honoured to be among the first to taste a wine that will be a huge hit this summer."
John Wilson, The Irish Times, May 2019.
"Rós means rose in Irish and Scots Gaelic, and this was made by Lynne Coyle of O'Briens (who is originally from Scotland), in conjunction with the Tandem winery, in Navarra in Spain. Made using hand-picked Garnacha grapes, this is a medium-bodied rosé, with floral aromas and ripe, rounded strawberry fruits, good, refreshing acidity and a nice dryish finish. Very tasty wine, perfect on its own but even better with summer salads and barbecued fish."
Leslie Williams, The Irish Examiner, May 2019.
"As you might hope with a name that translates as 'Rose' as Gaeilge, this is made by an Irish winemaker- none other than O'Briens Wine Director and resident Master of Wine Lynne Coyle. Made from wild ferment Garnacha and as is typical in Spain this is a little darker with a distinct strawberry aroma, and a textured dry-fruity finish."
Corinna Hardgrave, The Irish Independent, May 2019.
"As you probably know is Irish for rose. And yes, there is an Irish connection. The people behind this are Lynne Coyle, who is a Master of Wine and the wine director of O’Briens Wine, and winemaker Alicia Eyaralar from Tandem Winery in Navarra, Spain, who Lynne approached with the idea of making a wine together."
Jean Smullen, The Sunday World, May 2019.
"Look out for this new dry Spanish Rosé made by Lynne Coyle- a Master of Wine who buys wines for O’Briens. Made in Navarra from a red grape called Grenache, it has tons of summer fruit flavours, raspberry, and strawberry."
Gaby Guedez, The Taste.ie, May2019.
"This vibrant rosé from the Spanish region of Navarra was a collaboration between Lynne Coyle MW, Wine Director at O’Briens Wines, and Alicia Eyaralar from Bodega Tandem. The name Rós is Gaelic for rose and the wine is made from sustainably farmed Garnacha grapes vinified with natural wild yeast. It’s intense and medium bodied, with a vibrant coral hue and aromas of ripe strawberries. While it has a very fruity nose, it’s dry and structured on the palate."
Rós is available to buy in Ireland at O’Briens Wine and in the UK from Philglas & Swiggot