JWL Issue #091: Three Lidl Wines to Transport You Abroad

March 31, 2020

Last Friday night, some friends and I did a remote wine tasting via a Zoom call. The two wines in question were two from Lidl’s Spring Wine Tour range, which was released last week.

The rotating Wine Tour range is one of my favourite things about the supermarket. Its slogan – ‘once they’re gone, they’re gone!’ – today feels oddly like the norm. This range is ordered in lower volumes than typical supermarket buying powers. As a result, they get access to winemakers that the supermarkets don’t usually get access to.

But the thing which I’m currently really getting a kick out if, is its lesser known grapes. (Waitrose has done this similarly too).

If you ever want a single tip for shopping at the supermarket for the uninitiated: see something you don’t recognise? Buy it.

The current wine tour does feature a Rhône red, a sauvignon blanc, and a riesling, but after that most of the grapes are unknown. Today’s Learn is dedicated to three of those favourites from that range.

Taste

3 Lidl Wines

Vermentino Toscana (£7.99) comes in a hefty bottle, which has an old-world nod of quality. The grape vermentino is inescapable as the house white throughout many parts of Italy. But it really stands up in cold, four degree England too. There’s a prominent salinity on the nose, with a strong bite of acidity on the palate and long finish.

In March, we sent out a spätburgunder from Baden for Wine List customers. If you missed that, then the Alte Vogtei Zu Ravensburg Spätburgunder is a really decent supermarket display of this grape. Earthy with fresh red cherries and a tannic grip. Bargain at £8.99.

Finally, the grüner from Niederösterreich, Austria (£6.99) had one of my favourite noses of the day. Fresh, grapefruit, apple, white pepper all in there, all inviting and all balanced.

Learn

Spätburgunder (pinot) in Baden

The grape suits cooler and moderate climates. Due to Germany’s different climate conditions, German spätburgunders have an arrange of different potential styles.

Baden is in the south-west of Germany, neighbouring Alsace. It’s on a similar latitude to Champagne, and only slight north of Burgundy.

Typically expect red fruits (cherries, cranberries etc), oak influences (vanilla etc), and also soft spices such as cloves and cinnamon.

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