The summer vibe is beginning to crank up and just in time for picnics, parties and the occasional glass of something nice in the garden, Lidl has revamped its core wine selection with a collection of New World wines. It has also released its Lidl Wine Tour range and I nipped along to their latest tasting to explore the new releases.
The Winemaker’s Selection wines are available all year round and Winemaker’s Selection Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc (£8.99, 12.5% abv) from Marlborough, has all the notes of a New Zealand savvie but with the added boost of a tickling fizz.
In the line-up of the Wine Tour (once sold out, they’re sold out) is another sparkling sauvignon blanc, Forget Me Not Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc (£9.99, 12% abv) which hails from Slovenia. It has notes of green fruit (think pears and apples) and a shiver of gooseberry with a dryness of green pepper skin. It is refreshing for the warmer days.
I loved the freshness of Velada Moscatel (£5.99, 7.5% abv) which has lovely light notes of honeysuckle and apricot; it is lght, it is refreshing, it is low in alcohol, it is perfect for sunshine sipping.
A deliciously grown-up person’s pink Les Gourmandises Tavel Rosé (£6.99, 13.5% abv) from the Rhone is a blend of syrah, mourvedre and a dash of cinsault which together deliver cherry and redcurrant notes. A fabulous red, Outlook Bay Pinot Noir (£8.99, 13.5% abv) from New Zealand’s Central Otago has notes of burnt toast. Trust me … it is savoury and peppery and smoky with lots of blackberries.
Clostre Brunel Saint-Chinian (£5.99, 13% abv) was ripe with plums and blackberries and I sneaked a glass to sip with Mexican nibbles (ssssshhhhhh our secret).
There are some great whites too and this one had a Big Tick from me. Les Aubrières Chardonnay (£5.99, 12% abv) from the Loire Valley attracted a little “tasting” gathering. It has a flash of citrus (lime and lemon) with a hint of apple and whispers of stone fruit and a flower bed. It is fresh, it is slightly buttery, it is delicious.