(2020) Pouring a medium-pale, quite burnished, orangey-pink, this has dry seeds and herbs on the nose, a little spice, and then a bright melon and pomegratate fruitiness. Dry and savoury on the palate, there is a nicely sour and tart edge of underripe plum and raspberry, giving this a very gastronomic, digestible feel. A sweetness to the fruit and creaminess makes it very approachable, within an overall framework of savouriness.
(2020) From the famouse Barone Ricasoli of Chianti, this IGT Toscana rosé is blended from Sangiovese and Merlot, and is an absolute dead ringer for a Provence pink, from the attractive, plump bottle to the pale colour and dry, herb and red fruit aromas. It is very different from the Cantele rosé tasted alongside, with a very light the palate, perhaps the fine lemony acidity would benefit from just a little more fruity substance lying over it, but it finishes with a nice tang of cranberry or rasberry and has the savoury credentials to make a very good food wine, maybe with a prawn pasta or risotto.
(2020) This is a classic Primitivo from Salento in Puglia, and a particularly bold and juicy example emphasising the exuberant dark fruit profile of the wine. Spices, damson plum and blackcurrant on the nose suggests a certain plushness, and that's borne out on the palate, where a creamy weight of black fruit and supple texture fill the mouth, great sweetness to the fruit, but a very nicely sour and savoury edge of bittersweetness: plum skins and tangy orange acids, the chocolaty tannins and six months in oak barrels adding even more smoothness to the finish. Great value here.
(2020) Mâcon-Villages is a white Burgundy appellation from the southerly Mâconnais, a relatively warm region of vineyards close to the border with Beaujolais. Unoaked (or only very lightly oaked?) it's a lovely poised style of Chardonnay, not without ripeness and sweetness of fruit, but fresh, crisp and really quite elegant. There is some weight and richness to the texture, but the dry apple acidity in the finish leaves it food-friendly, mouth-watering, and very good value. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas.
(2020) From the deep-south of Italy, an 11.5% alcohol rosato that has a moderately deep colour and lightly herbal and slightly cherry-ish aromas. You will not miss the dollop of residual sugar in the mouth, more medium-sweet than off-dry for sure, with plenty of soft, creamy strawberry but just about enough juicy lemon acidity to balance.
(2020) From the Cariñena region in the north of Spain, this is a blend of Tempranillo with Grenache and Syrah. Vibrant and primary in colour, it is vinous and black cherry-scented, with a little bit of balsamic character, leading onto a firm but juicy palate, unoaked so sweet and sour, tight black fruit comes through. A touch lean in the finish but an honest £5.49s worth. Part of the Lidl Wine Tour May 2020, while stocks last.
(2020) A Grüner, not from Austria, but from the far north of Italy in the Alto Adige mountains literally just across the border. It's a zippingly fresh style this, all crunchy hard apples and citrus on the nose, just a little whiff of something green, leafy and herbal, before an equally decisive palate. Lemon, lemon pith and a pink grapefruit blast of keen fruit and acidity is super fresh, and after a suggestion of mid-palate peach sweetness, dry in the finish. Part of Lidl's 'Wine Tour', May 2020.
(2020) One of a number of excellent white grape varieties from Campania in southern Italy, just inland from Napes, this Falanghina has the lightest touch of honey, a hint of almond, but otherwise its herby and apple fruited. The palate is crisp but textured, more ripe apple and a hint of peach, and a very nicely balanced, dry and citrussy finish. Part of Lidl's 'Wine Tour', May 2020.
(2020) Part of Lidl UK's latest 'Wine Tour' of special parcels, this came into stores on May 21st 2020 and is available while stocks last. From Galicia in the northwest of Spain, now more famous for its Albariño wines, Godello is another traditional variety of the region, the wines made in a similar crisp and fresh, dry style. There's a hint of fresh, briney ocean spray on the nose, as well as yellow plum and pear. In the mouth fine, a very light spritz adds to the fresh fruitiness, a tangy oranges and lemons acidity, and again that little hint of salinity to finish. Super stylish. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas.
(2019) I'm a fan of Disznókő's regular dry Tokaji, but this new wine takes selected small plots of Furmint and blends 17% Harslevelu, the two main grapes of sweet Tokaji, and ages the components in 225-litre and 500-litre barrels to quite different effect. In some ways it reminds me of a good Chablis, mineral and taut, yet with an undeniable fruit density at its core. Hints of salts and leafy green herbs join cool orchard fruits on the nose, just a touch of nutty barrel character, with a super-dry palate that has natural concentration to spare, real pithy citrus intensity, and spices adding to the lingering finish. Intense and yet quite subtle in its way, it a lovely, intelligent wine from Disznókő. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.