08/01/2018 – Lidl Winemaker’s Pinot Noir 2016

(2018) As a lover of the Pinot Noir variety, some of my greatest wine experiences have been with very expensive Grand Cru wines of Burgundy, but I am always on the lookout for affordable and good Pinots for everyday drinking. Lidl's effort from Marlborough in New Zealand certainly fits the bill, its moderate to light colour being perfect for Pinot, and the dry, lightly briary nose of cranberry and spiced orange fitting the bill too. Very lightly chilled (or rather, not too warm) it offers a fine, juicy, lightly earthy and leafy genuine Pinot experience, avoiding some of the strawberry sweetness of many cheap examples. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.


  1. So disappointed! We decided to have this tonight with a special celebratory meal. Independently we both thought it must have been “off”. because it was thin, musty & like vinegar. We abandoned it immediately. Would welcome a reaction from Lidl but I could not find anywhere on their website to post such a review.

  2. surprised by the negative comments as I really enjoyed this, was 2020 vintage

    1. Thanks for yet another update and opinion on this clearly controversial wine Steve. I confess I still have not managed to taste it since I reviewed the 2018 vintage. Pinot Noir is not for everyone – many people find it too light, too earthy and lacking the deep black fruit of a malbec or shiraz for example, so part of the controversy could be down to that?

  3. I have been drinking wine for over 50yrs.This red 2020vintage is awful like the person above I had to pour two bottles down the sink.What a scam,it even smelt like something from a fox’s earth.A complete waste of money!

  4. Just tried to drink the 2020 and I couldn’t. I’m not fussy but this wine is horrendous. I had to tip it down the sink. 🙁

    1. Oh dear. I haven’t tried the wine since I recommended the 2016 vintage, so disappointed to hear the 2020 wasn’t to your taste. I’ve no knowledge of the 2020 – whether Lidl sourced it from the same place, for example – so I must try to taste it.

    1. Hi Robin, unfortunately I have not tasted the 2017 vintage. It’s just impossible for me to taste every vintage of the wines review. If you try it, come back and let me know your opinion.

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