Wine note November 2021

2019 Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir (Lidl £7.99)

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is so popular that it accounts for three quarters of the country’s wine production. The two Burgundy grapes, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, come next at around 6% each.

This Pinot comes from Hawkes Bay in the North Island, a region with a climate like that of Bordeaux.

Good Pinot Noir at less than ten pounds a bottle is difficult to find and New Zealand is not where you’d usually look. But this wine shows lots of characteristic red fruit on the nose with a little of the gaminess that makes pinot interesting. There’s red fruit on the palate, too, balanced by acidity and tannin.

If you want a true taste of Pinot for not a lot, look no further. The TV ad says

“Big on quality, Lidl on price”. I can’t argue with that.

John Freeland  (u3a Wine Tasting Group)