Wine tours are not a new thing for Lidl, usually they promote a series of them throughout the year on a WIGIG (when it’s gone it’s gone) although some of the wines do sometimes show up again during the year. All the wines have been tasted and given a score by Richard Bampfield MW with a little helpful write up beside each bottle on the shelf.
So when I heard that this particular wine tour was going to feature Spanish and Portuguese wines I quickly got myself along to our local store (which will be no surprise to regular readers) and filled my basket up with a selection of what I thought might be the highlights.
So here are my first two reviews from the selection which include a pretty decent Albariño and a reliable Garnacha. Hopefully I’ll get around to reviewing most of these before they go on to the next promotion, if not keep an eye out because some of these will still be around for a while, just might have to hunt for them.
Salneval Albariño & Agramont Garnacha
Salneval Albariño 2019
First up is the Albariño which, if I had to sum it up in a word, it would be ‘Seductive’. Full of gentle tropical fruits but still giving you a bit of zesty acidity, Initially there’s some stewed pear with a hint of lemon and lime in the background but it’s the tropical fruits mainly pineapple, mandarin and peach that give this its seductiveness. Finishing slightly creamy this really was a pretty good example of what Albariño is all about and I have no hesitation in recommending it, especially for the price.
Agramont Old Vine Garnacha 2019
I’m a big fan of Garnacha (Grenache) and this bottle, although not hitting the heights of some I’ve tasted lately, it’s still a solid enough wine for me to recommend it. Fairly light in colour but don’t let this fool you to thinking it may be light in taste, at 14% abv this is pretty deeper and warmer than you might expect. Lots of strawberry, cherry and smokiness but with a slightly bitter almond taste on the finish that some people may find off putting. For me this was a solid enough Garnacha and I enjoyed it, kept a little back for the next day and it was all the better for it, softening some of the bitterness. I would happily buy this again.
Stop Press :
I have to highlight this wine (see picture below) which is part of this tour. I didn’t buy this time as I still have a couple of bottles to get through but it’s well worth a try, see my thoughts on it here