(2019) Part of the Lidl 'Wine Tour' special parcels, in stores from May 23rd 2019, who can complain about an organically certified rosé, made in the Castilla–La Mancha region of Spain, but in a thoroughly modern, pale-coloured idiom, at just £4.99. Bubblegum cherries and raspberries on the nose, fruity yet dry on the palate, a nice zesty acidity keeps it fresh in the finish and imbues enough cut to make this salad and saucisson friendly, as well as in-the-garden sippable.
(2019) A classic Chiaretto from Bardolino in north-east Italy, the blend is 50% Corvina, 30% Rondinella and 20% Merlot, and though officially Brut, it has a come hither sweetness and frothy easy-drinking style that makes it a perfect summer in the garden sipper. With a modest 11.5% and gentle bubbles, cherry and rose-hip aromas lead on to similar red fruit flavours, nothing at all complicated about the palate, but acdity balances and makes it an easy pleasure for this summer.
(2019) Most certainly one for those who like a dollop of sweetness in their Rosé - not just ripeness, but residual sugar that puts this firmly in the 'off-dry' category. A medium pink in colour, it is all about strawberry sundae fruit on nose and palate, ripe and sweet, though the acid balance really is not at all bad, and does stop this from being cloying. Sip in the garden with its 11.5% abv, or maybe match to some strawberries touched with balsamic vinegar in a not too sweet dessert? Part of Lidl's 'Wine Tour' May 2019.
(2019) Part of Lidl's 'Wine Tour', limited stocks in stores from 23rd May 2019, this is a blend of Alvarinho and Trajadura, spritzy and vivacious with lots of zingy citrus and herbs, a fine mouth-filling presence despite the lowly 12% abv, and a clean, refreshing and summer finish with that lick of salts and lemon peel to freshen.
(2019) At time of review this was in Lidl stores as a special parcel, and though I am not certain of stock levels, it is one of my best rosé buys for 2019. An uncommon rosé from Dão in Portugal, a blend of 50% Touriga-Nacional and 50% Alfrocheiro, weighing in with 12.5% alcohol. It has the requisite pale and contemporary colour, but backs that up with a lovely nose of small red berries, delicate spicing and a little rose-hip, floral nuance. In the mouth it balances its juicy redcurrant and raspberry fruitiness and tartness with enough sweetness and acidity to give a harmonious, dry finish. The stylishness here belies the lowly price tag. Watch the video for more information.
(2019) A typical blend of grape varieties from this area that is a southern extension of the Rhône Valley, this is made up of 35% Roussanne, 30% Grenache Blanc, 15% Vermentino, 15% Marsanne and 5% Viognier. There's gentle pear and a little boiled sweet, cold ferment character, then a touch of mint leaf of basil. In the mouth there is plenty of sweet peachy fruit in a wine that is light, arguably a touch dilute, but then that does aid the freshness and ensure it avoids the blowsy tendency of those southern varieties, the juicy lemon acidity balancing well into the finish. A highly quaffable, lowish alcohol wine that's perfect for drinking this summer. In Lidl stores as part of their 'wine tour', spring 2019. Watch the video for more information.
(2019) The mountainous inland region of Dão produces some great wines in northern Portugal, including this excellent blend of 40% Aragonez (tempranillo), with 30% each of Alfrocheiro and Touriga Nacional. Oak aged, this has a sumptuous and very inviting nose, filled with tobacco spice and dark berry fruits, there's a hint of cocoa and of a lighter, raspberry or even floral character. In the mouth the fruit really punches through, ripe, creamy and sweet, the gentle, background tannins and acidity together with that vanilla and tobacco spice linger in the finish. A great little buy in Lidl's spring 2019 'wine tour' which kicked off on 28th March. Note however, reports have reached me on 30th March of several stores being sold out of this wine.
(2019) Coming from the volcanic 'tufo' soils of Campania, Greco has found popularity recently along with southern vine siblings Fiano and Falenghina. This is a modest but pleasing example as part of Lidl's Spring 2019 'wine tour' which kicked off on 29th March, nicely concentrated aromatically with pear and lemon, a hint of grippy citrus peel and melon skins too. In the mouth it is fresh and quite weighty, and if lacking an ounce of fruit perhaps, it makes up for it with concentration and good peppery length. A bit of personality here.
(2019) A Coonawarra Cabernet, so an absolutely classic combination of site and variety for South Australia, this is arguably the star of the selection tasted here, from its intense youthful colour to its expressive aromatic lift of green pepper, blackcurrant and spice. On the palate it has a rich black fruit character, lots of cassis-like sweet brightness, a rasp of plummy acidity and some smooth tannins gives a bit of tension, and whilst there's evidence of a slightly dilute character, the fruit giving way to lip-tingly spice in the finish, it is very good at the price and authentic.
(2019) A fair example of the new approach to Australian Chardonnay this, from Coonawarra, yet 12.5% abv suggests early picking (though it is possible some alcohol reducing technology was used too - who know?). The nose is about citrus and rosy red apple, a little touch creamy richness, but fairly brisk and straightforward. In the mouth there is a dollop of sweetness: it's a dry wine because of the acid balance, but there's no missing the hit of residual sugar. Fruit verges on the tropical but always stays lemony and firm.