Today sees the latest of the monthly Wine Tours from Lidl.
Around 15-20 wines are featured with prices starting around £7.99.
They include the Icewine mentioned on Monday which, I am pleased to see, has been carried forward to this promotion.
Better still and, as comments to Monday’s post reveal, an additional incentive is applied to that Icewine with the £2 reduction for Lidl card holders available until 6 December.
Despite the excellence of the German pinot noir featured later, I consider this list stronger on whites than on reds, but you must make up your own mind on that.
However, all my personal picks from this new Wine Tour appear below – although I have not tried the £12 sauvignon blanc given 93 points by Lidl's resident Master of Wine.
Adopting my traditional format, images accompany the assessments of the wines, but not hyperlinks this time as the promotion only started this morning.
Starting with that choice red
2022 Pinot Noir Baden: (£9.99 at Lidl while stocks last and 13% abv):
Baden is responsible for a high proportion of the pinot noir produced in Germany and its versions can be riper and fuller than Burgundian equivalents.
Pursuing the comparisons, Baden versions can have lower acidity levels but their flavour ranges usually tend towards the darker fruits.
And this is a particularly impressive example of German pinot.
Dark coloured with a nice brightness, this has soft loganberry, pomegranate and blackberry flavours with minimal tannin.
These are partnered by traces of liquorice, chocolate and some typical pinot earthiness, but enough acidity to keep everything fresh.
Off to Italy for some white wine.
2022 Vesevo Falanghina (£8.49 at Lidl while stocks last and 12.5%):
The next two items (both in dumpy bottles) centre on two popular and important white wine grape varieties in Southern Italy.
This example, from Benevento, features falanghina – creator of relatively straightforward white wines sought after for their freshness and that are best drunk young.
This is a gentle option that works well with lighter food.
Very faintly coloured but nicely ripe, it provides soft honeydew melon and orange flavours accompanied by nippy pink grapefruit acidity and a clove influenced texture.
Another grape from thereabouts.
2022 Feudi del Duca Fiano; (£8.49 at Lidl while stocks last and 12.5%):
Fiano, like falinghina, is a grape that does especially well in Campania but this particular example is from Puglia to the east.
With its small, thick-skinned berries, fiano tends to produce fuller, richer wines than falinghina – usually with more complexity.
True to form, this is the more substantial of the two wines and, for me, the preferable – but only by a narrow margin.
With a floral and grassy nose, it brings us fresh apple, pear and pithy citrus flavours.
These are combined with firm acidity and suspicions of sherbet and mint that lead into a long finish.
Staying in Italy.
2022 Corte Allodola Lugana (£8.99 at Lidl while stocks last and 13.5%):
Heading some way north, Lugana is from the area around Lake Garda where white wines made from the turbiana grape excel.
That variety was once thought to be verdicchio but is now considered a separate entity.
This is lovely example and one I can wholeheartedly recommend.
Aromatic with a velvety mouthfeel, it delivers nectarine, orange and lemon curd flavours enlivened by energising acidity.
Herbal and saline hints add contrast to the wine, but do so, without compromising its overall fruitiness.
Moving onto sweetness.
2022 Sárga Borház Tokaji Late Harvest Hárslevelű: (£8.99 for 50cl at Lidl and 12.5%);
Our first example is the lighter of the two sweet wine options being considered and continues Lidl’s connection with the wines of Hungary.
The grape variety concerned is hárslevelű which seems to be a relative of furmint without quite reaching the same dizzy heights.
Here, strong honey aromas are followed by stylish – but unmistakably sweet – peach, mandarin and tinned pineapple flavours.
These are supported by a roundedness and density that is lightened by counterbalancing acidity.
And for extra richness
2022 Passito di Pantelleria: (£14.99 for 50cl at Lidl while stocks last and 14.5%);
Passito di Pantelleria is a luscious Italian dessert wine associated with the Sicily satellite island of that name.
It is made by “de-hydrating” (often by sun drying) zibibbo grapes to concentrate their sugars.
OK it is a little dearer, but it will add an extra layer of enjoyment to the final segment of any meal.
Deep orange in colour but with tropical fruit aromas, the wine contains viscous lychee, marmalade and peach jam flavours with a savoury twist at the end.
Onto the bubbles
2022 Allini Prosecco Treviso Spumante (£9.99 at Lidl while stocks last and 11%):
In its distinctive gold-coloured bottle, this offers an upgrade on standard prosecco being softer and more complex than many examples.
In addition, it hails from Treviso, a small part of the Prosecco area that often produces above average versions.
With tiny active bubbles and aromas of summer flowers, it is centred on soft melon and pear flavours.
A lively mouthfeel combining grapefruit centred acidity with a gently savoury finish complete the picture.
Finally, then, to Champagne
Bissinger Champagne Premier Cru: (£19.99 at Lidl while stocks last and 12.5%):
By and large, grapes from the premier cru villages do provide superior champagne – and that is certainly the case here.
This version’s extra savoury (slightly austere) elements place it behind the brilliant equivalent in Lidl’s 2021 July Wine Tour, but that assessment does need context.
Where does the current one sit in the totality of premier cru champagne? …. Somewhere around the middle.
But, where does it sit among the champagnes retailing here under £20? … Easily in the top 10%.
Opening with small bubbles – but controlled effervescence – it exhibits quince, green apple and melon flavours.
These are neatly complemented by tongue tickling lemon acidity, a flint and chalk minerality and late developing toastiness.
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