Paula’s Wines of the Week – March 22, 2022

Lidl wine tour spring 2022

From Thursday 24 March 2022, the latest Lidl Wine Tour offers 12 red wines, 10 white wines, 2 rosé wines and 4 sparkling wines from England, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Hungary, South Africa, Argentina, Chile and New Zealand range in price from as low as £4.99 to as high as £19.99. And what a treat they are for wine lovers looking for the big and the extraordinary at great prices.

Try the Almocreve Alentejano Reserva (£4.99), a Portuguese red blend that tastes more like a rich Cabernet Sauvignon, with a fruitiness and a slightly smoky/spicy note. Or the Esterhazy Tundertanc Szeszard (£6.99), a spicy, plum-flavored Hungarian red wine that pairs best with chicken dishes.

For white wines, look out for the Apremont Vin de Savoie, which at £7.99 is half the price you would expect for this Alpine specialty at a high street retail outlet. There’s also a New Zealand Chardonnay (Duck Point, £6.99) and four German Rieslings worth trying.

The sparkling wines include a bubbly Slovenian Sauvignon Blanc (Forget Me Not £9.99) and an English sparkling wine made at Denbies in Surrey (Broadwood Folly £14.99) and last seen at Lidl in 2016.

With only two rosés, this section is on the small side, but it’s worth checking out both the Hungarian (Etyeki Kuria £6.49) and French (Cuvee Elegance Ventoux £7.49) examples.

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Almocreve Alentejano Reserve
€4.99 Lidl
A Portuguese red cuvée made from three rather unpronounceable autochthonous grape varieties that, on closer inspection, turns out to be Tempranillo with its Portuguese name, a grape variety for after-dinner port and one of the few red grape varieties with red, rather than green, pulp in the bunch. The result is a flavor more akin to a rich Cabernet Sauvignon, with fruitiness and a slight smoky/spicy note. For €4.99 there is a lot going on here.

Esterhazy Tundertanc Szeszard
€6.99 Lidl
Also known as Blaufränkisch for its blue skin, a Hungarian red wine made from a blend of Merlot grape varieties and Kekfrancos, grown in the Franconian area of ​​modern-day Germany. The Kekfrancos adds a tangy flavor to the fruity plum of the Merlot, so expect this wine to be fairly light for a red. Suitable for chicken dishes.

Champagne Premier Cru Senneval Brut
€19.99 Lidl
Senneval champagne, the most expensive of the 28 wines on the latest spring wine tour, is a perennial favorite in Lidl lists. Crunchy red apple flavors make this a quite tasty champers and goes well with fish dishes – even breaded fish and chips.

Forget me not Sauvignon Blanc sparkling wine
€9.99 Lidl
A sparkling wine made from the grape variety that has made New Zealand famous is unusual enough, but having it made in the central European country of Slovenia is a double whammy. As Slovenia sits between wine-producing Croatia on the Adriatic coast and south of another wine-producing country Austria, its winemaking credentials and climate are assured. With nearly 30,000 wineries, Slovenia boasts a lot of wine (producing about eight times that of Britain with a population one-thirtieth the size), but most of it is drunk by the people who live there. So to reach UK Lidls it is worth exploring. Try this floral, elderberry-flavored fizz while you can.

Broadwood Folly Sparkling English White
€14.99 Lidl
Made by Denbies, the respected English winery based in Surrey, this light-tasting fizz last made an appearance at Lidl in 2016. Now it’s back and worth a try if you want to support GB wines but expect a fairly sharp taste with apple flavors.

Apremont Vin de Savoie
€7.99 Lidl
A white wine from Apremont in Savoie in southeastern France, up in the Alps. Made from the local grape variety Jacquere, the wine tastes of pear and herbs and has a slight effervescence (called spritz in wine jargon and also found in Portuguese wine Vinho Verde). Pair with the local dish of cheese fondue or have your cheese melted in other ways, perhaps on toast as Welsh Rarebit. If you buy similar wines in wine shops, you have to reckon with at least twice as much.

Duck Point Chardonnay
€6.99 Lidl
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is in short supply, so this New Zealand Chardonnay has to make do. The country’s cool climate means this Chardonnay tastes quite pungent due to the underripeness of the grapes, but at just £6.99 it’s worth a try.

Cuvée Elegance Ventoux rosé
€7.49 Lidl
A smooth rosé from the Rhône region of France. Strawberry and herbal flavors in a distinctive lighthouse-shaped bottle.

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Paula’s Wines of the Week – March 22, 2022

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