Grape Spy: Jean Smullen

2019 Bastide Sobirana, €10.99

2019 Bastide Sobirana, €10.99

2020 Outlook Bay Pinot Noir, €10.99

2020 Outlook Bay Pinot Noir, €10.99

Lidl’s new range of wines will be on their shelves over the summer months. Look out for this great white from Côtes du Roussillon in store from June 23rd and a superb value Pinot Noir from Central Otago which lands in July.

2019 Bastide Sobirana €10.99

If you are looking for a floral more full-bodied white this summer then this is the wine to choose. Made from grapes grown in the Languedoc Roussillon in the South of France, this wine is a blend of a number of aromatic grapes including Muscat Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Vermentino.

I love the floral aromas, with a hint of white flower and citrus. When you taste this, there are lovely red apple flavours, with hints of pear and a nice light acidic lift. Try this with a chicken and avocado salad.

2020 Outlook Bay Pinot Noir, €10.99

2020 Outlook Bay Pinot Noir, €10.99

2020 Outlook Bay Pinot Noir €10.99

This great value Pinot Noir from New Zealand’s Central Otago wine region is a real find. It will be in Lidl stores from mid-July. Central Otago has grown from a handful of experimental vineyards to become the third largest wine region in New Zealand.

It is known for producing stunning wines made from the red Pinot Noir grape in a style that is perfumed, rich and supple. The Outlook Bay is designed for everyday drinking and has a lovely soft red plum fruit and a spicy finish. Try this wine with mushroom risotto.

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