After the Italian white featured last Monday (and promptly discounted by £1 by Tesco the very next day), we stay in Italy for a red but this time the discount is only available to the fleet of foot.
As a companion try one of the major white wine success stories of the last few years – gruner veltliner.
To get lower prices you often have to stray into Hungary or Romania but this one is at a good price yet is from the variety’s Austrian homeland.
Pictures and are included to assist your search for the right product but, this time, hyperlinks to the retailer’s website do not really help much.
First that Italian red
2020 Puglia Rosso (£6 – instead of £7 until 31 January – at M&S):
As soon as you see red wine from Puglia in the heel of Italy you expect primitivo or negroamaro grapes to be featured but this is actually sangiovese – the chianti grape – although everything nevertheless turns out rather well.
Ripe and rounded, it provides smooth red currant and cherry flavours accompanied by traces of cinnamon and oregano, lively acidity and a slightly sweet finish.
You will need to scamper to get the discounted price on this as the promotion ends today but the wine is still good value at £7 if you miss the current deal.
Incidentally, websites still refers to the 2019 vintage which actually was made from negroamaro.
And a well priced white
2020 Austrian Gruner Veltliner (£5.99 at Lidl):
A great price here for a skilfully crafted version of Austria’s signature white wine that would be rather dearer almost anywhere else – but has now been integrated into Lidl’s core range.
Although it hardly has a snappy name, the wine itself has gathered friends quickly largely because its crispness and potential minerality complement one another well but also because of its versatility.
Restrained yet textured, it exhibits aromatic apple and ripe pear flavours partnered by coriander leaf components, a mineral backdrop, firm lime acidity and evolving tropical fruit sweetness.
May be a bit of a gloomy year!
As I hinted a few months back, the everyday end of the wine market may be in for a rude awakening.
First the weather has been against us – not just in New Zealand for the 2021 harvest but, later on, with major frost damage across much of Southern Europe.
That will reduce supply – as could the current Covid restrictions in New Zealand (by reducing the number of pickers available for the 2022 harvest).
Back in Europe, supplies from Languedoc will probably be limited too; so, many think, could be the availability of (whisper this softly my friend) pinot grigio and prosecco.
As this informative piece in The Drinks Business suggests, the structure of the UK market may work against us too.
Margins have always been tight here with strong consumer pressure to keep prices low.
When supply shrinks though, producers will (understandably) sell where they find the best prices.
To stay in business, growers always need to maximise their income but doubly so from a depleted harvest.
So, we should brace ourselves first to find alternatives to some of our most popular whites and, secondly, to see prices rise often by £2 or more if current quality levels are to be preserved.
Drop by again on Thursday when I lift the lid on the latest promotions to hit a High Street near you.
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