Six times per year Lidl opens its doors on a special selection of wines, many being one-off parcels, in its ‘Wine Tour’. The wines often follow a theme, in this case distinctly European and majoring on Spain, Portugal and Italy.
I tasted a selection of nine wines from the tour which I must say were really quite impressive: possibly the best selection from a number of Wine Tours that I’ve sampled over the past few years.
This Wine Tour kicked off on Thursday 21st May 2020, with the wines below on sale as long as stocks last. Don’t delay if you fancy them.
(2020) A touch of Chardonnay is blended with the typical grapes of Cava in this wine (Macabeo, Xarel.lo and Parellada), part of Lidl's 'Wine Tour', May 2020. Made by the traditional method, the nose is very inviting with its custardy, creamy and waxy sense of richness, a little biscuit character too. In the mouth the mousse is generous and pillowing, with a crisp lemony fruit, that citrussy freshness clean into the relatively long finish. Really very good value.
(2020) From the Setubal peninsula south of Lisbon, this is a blend of Fernão Pires with Verdelho and Arinto and is a delightful little summer white with its 12.5% alcohol and crisp, fruit-filled demeanour. The nose has that definite leafy green herb blast, dill, thyme and rosemary in the pot-pourri, then a crisp apple and lemon palate, lemon jelly freshness, and a cool finish with a hint of mint and lemon thyme. Summer in a glass. Part of Lidl's 'Wine Tour', May 2020.
(2021) I've actually been able to taste this a number of times now, as it seems to pop up regularly as a special Lidl parcel. From Galicia in the northwest of Spain, it is a wine in a 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. Stylish.
(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) 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) I last wrote about the 2015 vintage of this unusual Albariño, making it my Wine of the Week. This 2018 is another cracking little buy as part of Lidl's 'Wine Tour', May 2020. Barrel-fermented Albariño is rare as hen's teeth, but when I taste this I am not sure why: a little nutty, nougat and flinty note is delightful, carrying through the palate where they add a creamy touch of vanilla to the peachy fruit and firm lemony acidity. Intriguing stuff and once again, a definite two thumbs up from me.
(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) From the high quality Priorat region of northeast Spain, close to Barcelona, this is a typical blend of Carignan and Grenache, and at 'Crianza' level, will have seen some barrel ageing. There's a firm cherry fruited character on the nose, definitely a touch of tobacco spice and the whole picture quite taut and serious. In the mouth the cherry fruit becomes more fleshy, softened slightly by silky tannins and a pert but generous acidity. It stays savoury and dry, a really nicely balanced wine that's crying out for a bit of meaty protein to match. Part of Lidl's 'Wine Tour', May 2020.