A new Lidl Wine Tour hits the shelves on January 23rd and I nobly sacrificed doing Dry January so that I could taste all the wines for you. Well, not really………the closest I have ever got to a dry January was 1988 when I was working in South Australia and it didn’t rain for a month. Either way, here are my favourites:
Outlook Bay Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand - £7.99 - This may be more expensive than Lidl’s other NZ Sauvignons, but it really is worth the extra - dry, understated, a class act.
Chilean Sauvignon Blanc Gran Reserva Leyda Valley - Another high quality, refined, dry Sauvignon blanc
Albente Feudi di San Gregorio, Italy - A highly attractive, dry white blend from one of Italy's most highly regarded wine producers.
Viré-Clessé Gonter Nivelon, Bourgogne - Unusual to find a decent white Burgundy at this price, and definitely worth making the most of
Mezquiriz Navarra Reserva - £5.99 - Attractive Spanish red that will appeal to Rioja lovers and those who like their reds aged in oak.
Gestos Malbec + Malbec, Argentina - £7.99 - Good quality Argentinian Malbec that has good intensity and relies on fruit rather than oak for flavour.
The Saviour Cinsault, South Africa - £6.49 - This may be a grape you have never heard of and it is disquietingly pale……..but do try it - a lovely, earthy, gutsy red, great with winter stews.
The Second Fleet Cabernet/Merlot/Petit Verdot - £6.99
Wara Wara Cabernet Sauvignon - £6.99
Two Australian reds that offer the excellent purity of fruit that characterises the wines of Coonawarra in South Australia - high class reds at this price.