Lidl UK highlights New World and more unusual wines in next Wine Tour collection
Lidl UK has revealed the next collection of wines to feature in its Wine Tour series.
The wines, which together will form the New World Wine Tour, will arrive in Lidl stores from January 24, 2019.
The majority of the 24 wines come from New World wine-producing nations, with Australia, Chile and South Africa particularly well represented in the collection, but there are also examples from Old World producers, including France, Italy and Germany, which have been added to help consumers explore more unusual wines from those in the core range.
Lidl UK’s wine consultant, Richard Bampfield MW, explained: “Lidl has been doing a lot of work on its New World offerings and not that long ago all it had were some wines in the Cimarosa range, but now there are other brands exclusive to Lidl, such as the Purple Heron range of South African wines and Artan from Australia; the amount of wines from New World nations has been ramped up considerably in Lidl stores over the last 18 months.
“So a lot of those wines will feature in the next Wine Tour collection, which goes into stores towards the end of January, but there will also be some wines in there from Old World wine producing nations. Really it is because the Wine Tour concept allows Lidl to explore ground that isn’t covered in the core range; it gives us the opportunity to cover those more unusual wines. So there are some grape varieties in the collection that are not exactly rare, but they are not ones that are well-known and they can’t be found everywhere in UK stores.”
Examples of lesser-known grape varieties in the New World Wine Tour include the Domaine du Grand Selve Roussanne from Pays d‘Oc, France, 2017 (rsp: £5.99), which is made from 100% Roussanne grapes; Purple Heron Grenache Blanc from Western Cape, South Africa, 2018 (rsp: £7.99), made from 100% Grenache Blanc; and Grecanico Terre Siciliane from Sicily, Italy (rsp: £5.99), made from 85% Grecanico.
Bampfield also highlighted the Campagnia region from Italy as an interesting area and one to watch for 2019.
He added: “All of the things we have tasted from Campagnia are interesting at the moment and there are so many nice wines coming out of that region, and these are from grape varieties that are not widely known. It’s an area that is attracting more interest and there are some really good examples around, not just with Lidl.”
The January Wine Tour will inc.ude one example from Campagnia, the Falanghina del Sannio (rsp: £6.99), which is made from 100% Falanghina grapes
Bampfield concluded: “This Wine Tour should give people a sense of exploration of these lesser-known grape varieties and interesting regions, which is what it is all about.”
The New World Wine Tour collection also includes:
- Weisburgunder Trocken from Rheinhessen, Germany (rsp: £5.99);
- Corte Alle Muro Vernaccia Di San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy (rsp: £6.99);
- Ernest Wein Pinot Blanc, Alsace France, 2017 (rsp: £6.99);
- Artan Reserve Chardonnay, Limestone Coast, Australia, 2018 (rsp: £6.99);
- Viajero Sauvignon Blanc, Valle de Leyda, Chile, 2018 (rsp: £7.99);
- Spinyback Sauvignon Blanc, Nelson, New Zealand, 2018 (rsp: £7.99);
- Winemaker’s Selection Pinot Gris, Gisborne, New Zealand, 2017 (rsp: £5.79);
- Outlook Bay Chardonnay, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand (rsp: 6.99);
- Purple Heron Grenache Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa (rsp: £7.99);
- Cimarosa Rose, Western Cape, South Africa, 2018 (rsp: 4.99);
- Sieur de Lacquerac Cotes Catalanes, Cotes Catalanes, France, 2017 (rsp: £4.99);
- Chemin des Cigales Grignan Les Adhemar, France, 2017 (rsp: 4.99);
- Chateau de Ribaute Corbieres, France, 2016 (rsp: 5.99);
- Domaine Caudougno Faugeres, France (rsp: £5.99);
- Bellanova Rosso Salento, Italy, 2016 (rsp: £4.99);
- Purple Hero Malbec, Coastal Region, South Africa, 2018 (rsp: £7.99);
- Purple Heron Dry Land Bush Vine Cinsault, Paarl, South Africa, 2017 (rsp: £7.99);
- Viajero Malbec Gran Reserva, Rapel Valley, Chile (rsp: £6.99);
- Luna de Finca La Anita, Agrelo – Mendoza, Argentina, 2017 (rsp: 7.99);
- Viajero Cabernet Sauvignon Limited Edition, Rapel Valley, Chile (rsp: £7.99);
- Marco Tempranillo, South Eastern Australia, 2018 (rsp: £5.99);
- Artan Reserve GSM, South Australia, 2018 (rsp: £7.99);
- The Second Fleet Shiraz McLaren Vale, Australia, 2017 (rsp: £9.99).