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ALDI 2021 Selection

Aldi's range has taken a bit of a turn recently with the phasing out of the Exquisite range which is being replaced with wines branded as Specially Selected which brings them into line with the higher end food product range.

The wines are still amazing value and a really good standard with a particularly good online only range called Classic Icons. I don't generally cover supermarket on-line ranges but there's a special selection of my highlights below the main reviews here. 



Rias Baixas Albarino Silandeiro £7.49 Drinker Rating 90
Lots to like here, complex apple blossom and mineral, chalk and peach, fab stuff!
Baron Amarillo Rioja Blanco £4.49 Drinker Rating 89
Light fresh, easy, a bit leafy, lovely simple way to Amarillo
Castellore Italian Fiano £4.99 Drinker Rating 90
Top stuff, light floral Italian white, easy drinking, peach, pear, perfume
Estevez Chillean Chardonnay £3.99 Drinker Rating 89
Beautiful green apple and vanilla nose, simple, but well made and great price
Specially Selected Stellenbosch Chardonnay £6.99 Drinker Rating 88
Very solid wine, of its type, green apple and oak, easy drinker
Specially Selected Picpoul de Pinet £5.99 Drinker Rating 90
Lovely red apple and lime nose, fresh acidity on palate, mouth-watering
Specially Selected Jurancon Sec £6.99 Drinker Rating 91
Really expressive wine, grass, meadow, lime peel, honeysuckle, smasher!
Caves Road Margaret River Chardonnay £9.99 Drinker Rating 90
Green apple and grassy meadow, splash of oak on the finish lots to like about this
Specially Selected South African Chenin Blanc £5.99 Drinker Rating 90
Wonderful tropical fruit salad aroma, lychee and mango, dry and refreshing, classy
Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling £7.49 Drinker Rating 91
Zesty and floral, aromatic, white blossom, hint of minerality, very well made
Redwood Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc £8.99 Drinker Rating 89
Gooseberry, grass and greengage, proper Marlborough Sauvignon
Pierre Jurant Chardonnay Pays D'Oc £4.49 Drinker Rating 89
Really well balanced fruit and acidity, hints of unripe pear and apple, good use of oak
Freeman's Bay Pinot Gris £6.49 Drinker Rating 91
Lovely complex nose, good tropical fruit, lychee, unripe apple, deep and lasting wine off dry
Aspri Petra Greek Assyrtiko £6.99 Drinker Rating 89
Classy looking bottle, fancy wine too, minerality and grapefruit, lovely stuff
Leon Vatan Pouilly Fume £14.99 Drinker Rating 89
Flinty mineral nose, lovely fresh acidity, lime and mineral throughout, classy
Classic Icons Albert Lucas Chablis Premier Cru £19.99 Drinker Rating 90
Christmas Day wine, dry, oyster shell palate, fuller body, complex, develops on re-tasting
Trizanne Signature South African Semillon £14.99 Drinker Rating 92
Real depth and elegance, spice and white pepper, green fruit, complex
Exquisite Collection Cremant du Jura £8.49 Drinker Rating 89
Easy drinking fizz, green apple and grass, lovely, very well priced
Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut NV £12.99 Drinker Rating 90
Yeasty bread nose, good full, rich complex palate, red apple, lovely, classy, value!
Veuve Monsigny Rosť Champagne £16.99 Drinker Rating 88
Lovely yeasty pink fizz, raspberry and brioche, lovely stuff
Castelore Organic Prosecco £7.99 Drinker Rating 90 (the rosť version of this is great too)
A cut above your usual cheap prosecco, peach and mineral, a beauty, lovely bottle too!
Vintage Cava 2017 £6.49 Drinker Rating 91
Cava is back - this is deep and complex, green apple and bitter almond, amazing
Specially Selected Cremant du Jura £8.49
Really very special, classy looking bottle, classy wine, citrus and apple, beautiful
Specially Selected Premium Prosecco £6.49 Drinker Rating 90
Possibly the best value Prosecco around, great example of the style, well made, great price

Baron Amarillo Spanish Red Blend £5.99 Drinker Rating 88
Wants to be Rioja, lovely black fruit and herbal notes
Specially Selected Buenos Vides Argentinian Malbec £5.79 Drinker Rating 90
Coffee, chocolate, black pepper, vanilla, spice, full on complex wine
Beachfront Californian Pinot Noir £5.99 Drinker Rating 90
Lovely pale look, development on nose, savoury spice and leather, supple
Specially Selected Aglianico Del Vulture £6.99 Drinker Rating 91
Fantastic wine, tobacco leaf and tea, forward black fruit, delicious
Specially Selected Uruguayan Tannat £6.99 Drinker Rating 89
Big wine, black cherry and cigar smoke, full on, great stuff
Mimo Moutinho Douro £5.49 Drinker Rating 90
Lovely tobacco leaf nose, full on black fruit, bags of wine for the money
Berton Paddock Barossa Shiraz £8.99 Drinker Rating 89
Dark and inky, touch of medicine cabinet, blackcurrant, intense, fab
Paraiso Sur Chilean Syrah £9.99 Drinker Rating 90
Generous wine, powerful alcohol, tobacco and wood smoke, concentrated fruit
Cambalala South African Pinotage £5.99 Drinker Rating 91
Very good wine indeed, ripe full  black fruit, structure and acidity, full on but balanced
Canyon Springs Californian Zinfandel £7.49 Drinker Rating 89
Big, very ripe black fruit, powerful wine, hot and almost jammy, big old mouthful
Castellore Italian Primitivo £4.99 Drinker Rating 89
Blood and guts wine in a very good way, big, brash, tannic, full on in yer face
Exquisite Collection Chilean Reserva Merlot £5.99 Drinker Rating 89
Good solid merlot, black fruit and cinnamon spice, very solid wine
Pinot Vigilante Central Otago Pinot Noir £9.99 Drinker Rating 90
Fruit driven but with a lovely undercurrant of new leather and forest floor
Le Moulin Teyroud Chateauneuf Du Pape £19.99 Drinker Rating 90
Power and precision, bold black fruit, bramble and spice, really well made
Romain Duvernay St Joseph £14.99 Drinker Rating 91
Proper wine for Rhone lovers, bramble, black pepper, solid structure
Princes de France Gigondas £14.99 Drinker Rating 89
Big spicy wine, hot alcohol, full on fruit and black pepper, super stuff
Corte Carista Amarone della Valpolicella £13.99 Drinker Rating 90
Velevety, lovely, rich, giving, intense, touch of ripe fruit sweetness, hot.
Ca' Solare Barolo £11.99 Drinker Rating 91
Brick red, sophisticated, subtle, pepper and black cherry, big tannins but balanced
Jean Lefort Gevrey-Chambertin £24.99 Drinker Rating 91
Proper Christmas Day wine, firm tannins, red berry, red currant palate, will age
Buenas Vides Argentinian Malbec Rosť £5.49 Drinker Rating 88
Fuller bodied rosť, hine of tannic structure, red berry nose, dry and fresh

Pierre Jaurant Sud de France Rosť £6.49 Drinker Rating 87
Lovely light, perfectly acceptable pink, a gently touch or raspberry

Pierre Jaurant Cotes de Luberon Rosť £6.49 Drinker Rating 87
Classy looking bottle, fresh red fruit, dry rosť, easy drinking
Pierre Jaurant Cap D'Adge Rosť £6.49 Drinker Rating 91
This is my summer house rose, perfect red/blueberry, sound acidity, fantastic value
Specially Selected IGP Vegan Rosť £6.99 Drinker Rating 89
Perfect easy drinking wine, raspberry to the fore, enough fruit to entertain