A new Lidl Wine Tour started last week – remember that these are now monthly events rather than just six times a year.
Quite an eclectic mix is included this time around, and I found a much bigger variety than usual in the styles on display.
Slightly surprisingly, then, that there is a very tight range of Bampfield scores (as assessed by Richard Bampfield, Lidl’s resident MW).
With the usual kindly pricing structure though, there is scope to try out several and see what fits your particular tastes.
I have selected seven bottles here that suited my taste buds rather well – and I hope you enjoy them too.
As is normal here, pictures and hyperlinks are provided where possible to guide you straight to the right bin in your local Lidl store.
First then a Spanish red
2021 Laureatum Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon (£6.99 at Lidl while stocks last and 13.5% abv):
This has Vino La Tierra Tres Riberas on the label indicating that it is from the part of Navarra in northern Spain with a three river plain.
Vino La Tierra is the rung below the DO (Denominación de Origen) level in the Europe-wide classification system.
On another note, it is slightly unusual to see cabernet sauvignon on a Spanish wine label but this blend with tempranillo works well.
Juicy and floral, the result contains medium bodied plum and loganberry flavours accompanied by good acidity (but modest tannin) with touches of rosemary and vanilla.
And staying in that country
2022 Vina Albali Gran Seleccion (£6.99 at Lidl while stocks last and 13%):
This is one of two Spanish reds from the celebrated Felix Solis stable in this Tour – both with the same prices and 86 point scores.
For me, though, this is the better option and the version I would recommend.
Smoky but with excellent clarity, it exhibits textured raspberry, sour cherry and blackberry flavours.
Although tannin levels are modest, it does have lively acidity together with hints of cedar, dried herbs and cinnamon.
My top choice among the reds
2021 Entre Quintas Douro Reserva (£7.99 at Lidl while stocks last and 14%):
When fortified wine sales stalled, the port producers along Portugal’s Douro river focussed attention on red table wines, and especially those at the fuller end of spectrum.
As this illustration testifies, local grapes touriga franca and touriga nacional (accompanied here by tinta roriz – tempranillo) can give those versions real flourish.
Dark and delightfully smooth, its centre-piece is intense damson, mulberry and black cherry flavours.
In support comes mild tannin – neatly balanced against the wine’s acidity – and a savoury bite to add contrast.
Now for a white
2022 Cotin Jaillet Côtes du Rhône Blanc (£6.99 at Lidl while stocks last and 13%):
Anyone looking for white wine with a more savoury base than, say, a new world sauvignon blanc need look no further than France's Rhône Valley.
There grapes like marsanne and roussanne fit that bill perfectly and provide access to really enjoyable whites like this – often at surprisingly modest prices.
Clear and bright, it brings us zesty quince and greengage flavours with a savoury flinty twist.
A texture incorporating traces of the sweeter spices, along with sharp grapefruit peel and tangerine acidity, complete the picture.
And another Hungarian delight
2022 Furmint Amethyst (£9.99 at Lidl while stocks last and 11.5%):
Last time, the Wine Tour had a dry Hungarian white from the sweet wine stronghold of Tokaj and using the local hárslevelű grape.
Something similar appears this time but using the better known (and slightly superior) furmint grape.
It is perhaps not quite as rich as the previous one but is probably just a little more elegant.
Pale but nicely stylish, it has aromatic red apple, orange and grapefruit flavours with just a twist of sweetness.
To those are added lemon and tangerine acidity married to neat sherbet components.
Heading for a rosé next.
2022 Collin Bourisset Coteaux Bourguignons (£8.49 at Lidl while stocks last and 13%):
This Wine Tour has two European rosés – one French and one Portuguese, both at the same price and both attracting the same Bampfield points.
To my taste though this was the better of the pair and is made the more attractive because it from a region (and talented producer) you do not immediately associate with rosé.
With floral aromas and the colour of dog roses, it provides textured strawberry, pomegranate and blood orange flavours.
Look out too for its tongue nipping acidity, gentle hint of sweetness and rose hip and cola elements.
And like many meals we finish with something sweet.
2020 Pillitteri Estates Icewine Vidal (£13.99 for a half bottle at Lild while stocks last and 10.5%):
This is not on the advertising material for the promotion but should be on the shelves in many Lidl stores.
Christmas has come early this year with a slightly more aged than usual version of the Canadian Icewine Lidl have sold most festive seasons.
Icewine is a sweet dessert wine made from grapes gathered while frozen on the vine, resulting in an offering with concentrated sugars and intense flavours.
It is usually eye-wateringly expensive but these Lidl options are much more kindly priced and well worth trying if you have yet to sample the style.
Gold coloured and delightfully smooth, it features rich apricot, lychee and apple crumble flavours.
Adding complexity are honey aromas coupled with good acidity yet suggestions of marmalade and crunchie sweeties too.
More 25% Deal News from Eddie
He tells us …
“A noticeable development in the case of the big 5 supermarkets when offering typical 25% off buy 6 bottles offers is how regularly they now turn up.
Waitrose go yet again and their deals run up to Tuesday November 7th.
It includes everything between £6 and £100 and the offer is available when shopping in branch or on their specialist wine site – Waitrosecellar.com.
It is also available for conventional online grocery deliveries by Waitrose.com (with the usual £40 online grocery minimum spend applying).
For our friends here who regularly flag up Waitrose bottles, Dave Cronin no doubt, and Brian too, will be pleased about one recent recommendation here at MWW, Sorcova Romanian Pinot Noir, that will be no more than £6.36
In addition, Brian's fancied South African Syrah from a couple of months ago can be £6.74.
Thanks Eddie – more help there for MidWeekers to extract maximum value from their wine purchases.
Call in again on Monday when the spotlight falls on Top Tips that offer especially good value at other stores near you.
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