Romaeus Rosso 2014, Lazio, Italy (£10.99 Laithwaites) There’s a light floral perfume and gentle dark fruit, but there’s also an OTT vanilla character which gives an impression of sweetness and overall it’s just too simple for class. C Renato Ratti Ochetti Nebbiolo d’Alba 2014, Piedmont, Italy (£18.49 Italian Continental Stores, […]

Three Italian Reds

Due in Lidl stores Nov 24th 2016 Sassi del Mare Beneventano Falanghina 2015, Campania, Italy (£7.99 Lidl) Lovely floral-tinged nectarine, ripe orange and fennel flavours, and a light almondy note, but just as impressive are the lightly gritty texture – gritty as in the texture of a just-ripe pear – […]

Lidl’s New Italian Wine Collection

Il Cascinone Rive Barbera d’Asti Superiore 2013, Piedmont, Italy (£10-£14 Highbury Vintners, The Secret Cellar, Rannoch Scott, Hennings, Taurus Wines, Amps Fine Wine, Flagship Wines) Sweet, rounded and plummy style, but despite the wealth of fruit, there’s a backbone of tannin, and a bitter cherry bite to keep it from […]

Il Cascinone Rive Barbera d’Asti Superiore 2013, Piedmont, Italy

Tahbilk Marsanne 2014, Nagambie Lakes, Australia (£11 Armit Wines, Taurus Wines) With its floral apple crumble character, dry mineral zestiness and touch of honey, there’s plenty going on in this wine. Drinking well now, but from past experience of this wine, I know it’s going to give pleasure for several […]

Assorted Whites from Australia, England & Italy

Same grape, quite different wines Marchesi Di Gresy Langhe Sauvignon 2013, Piedmont, Italy (£16.95 WineTrust.co.uk) Good mix of richness and freshness, with ripe apples and gooseberry flavours set against sappy, herby citrus and stony notes. Very attractive style, but needs food – Dover sole? S- Longavi Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Leyda […]

Sauvignon Blanc from Piedmont, Italy and Leyda, Chile