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ALDI 2017/18 Selection

As you'd expect from Aldi there is a wide range of really well priced wines, but as you might not expect there is a good range of reasonably quality too particularly in the Exquisite range. It's not all cheap and cheerful, there is some top end stuff here and again it's very well priced, look for the ever expanding Lot Series. My only frustration with Aldi is inconsistency of availability of many of their drinks in stores but on the whole the drinks below are really good when they are available.


Exquisite Collection Muscadet Sevre et Maine 4.99 Drinker Rating 88
Good, fresh, well made, lovely acidity, nice crisp green apple, would make a fab House White
Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling 6.99Drinker Rating 91
Zesty and floral, aromatic, white blossom, hint of minerality, very well made
Exquisite Collection Leyda Sauvignon Blanc 5.49 Drinker Rating 89
Big flowery sauvignon, white blossom, tropical notes, expressive
Castellore Greco di Tufo 6.99 Drinker Rating 89
Zippy and fresh, citrus and green fruit, some minerality, cracker at the price
Vignobles Rousellet Sauvignon Blanc 4.49 Drinker Rating 88
Grassy and understated sauvignon, easy drinker, classic French style
Te Rakau Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 6.99 Drinker Rating 89
Really classy and restrained, good green apple and a touch of tropical fruit
Pays D'Oc Chardonnay 4.79 Drinker Rating 89
Really well balanced fruit and acidity, hints of unripe pear and apple, good use of oak
Astelia Limoux AC 8.99 Drinker Rating 90
Top wine at only seven quid, good oak flavour and srtucture, lovely drop
Ashwood Freeman's Bay Pinot Gris 2014
5.69 Drinker Rating 91
Lovely complex nose, good tropical fruit, lychee, unripe apple, deep and lasting wine
AC Byrne Margaret River Chardonnay
7.49 Drinker Rating 91
Green apple and grass on nose, dry, floral, elegant

Exquisite Collection Cremant du Jura 7.99 Drinker Rating 89
Easy drinking fizz, green apple and grass, lovely, very well priced
Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut NV 10.99 Drinker Rating 90
Yeasty bread nose, good full, rich complex palate, red apple, lovely, classy, value!
Belletti Prosecco Magnum 12.99 Drinker Rating 90
Peach blossom nose, dry, light, fresh, lovely drop, magnum is a show-stopper

Estevez Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere
4.79 Drinker Rating 90
Ripe damson and plum nose, good blackcurrant with lovely menthol notes, nice tannic structure
Exquisite Collection Valpolicella Ripasso 2014 8.99 Drinker Rating 91
Wonderful ripe nose, juicy plum, soft approachable tannin, bitter almond, lots of wine for the money
La Sogara Amarone Della Valpolicella 2014 12.99 Drinker Rating 92
Thoughtful and powerful wine, full body and hot alcohol, intense pepper, full on fruit. Big!
Animus Douro 4.99 Drinker Rating 89
Perfect party red, cherry and violet,easy drinking, fantastic price
Te Rakau Hawke's Bay Bordeaux Blend 6.99 Drinker Rating 90
Bordeaux without the pain. Tar, ink, structure, fruit, all well proportioned
Original Series Stellenbosch Cabernet Merlot 6.99 Drinker Rating 90
Classy looking bottle, big, bold and ripe, powerful and satisfying winter warmer
Finca La Pampa Barrel Selected Pinot Noir 9.99 Drinker Rating 90
Light, elegant fruit, easy drinking, floral notes, spice and a touch earthy, smashing
Meadowhawk Old Vines Zinfandel 8.99 Drinker Rating 91
Juicy fruit, mouthwatering, good use of oak, spice and pepper, keeps on giving
ZOM Douro Reserva 8.99 Drinker Rating 90
Fantastic looking bottle, ripe and juicy, lovely tannic structure, balanced and elegant
Domaine Lou Frejou Chateauneuf du Pape 2015 15.99 Drinker Rating 89
Ink, tar, tobacco leaf, hint of menthol and spice,lots to like, worth every penny
Chorley Les Beaunne Veilles Vignes 16.99 Drinker Rating 90
Light, perfumed and elegant, delicate wine, dances, beautiful
Barone Bruni Chianti Classico Riserva 2013 7.99 Drinker Rating 90
Black pepper and oak, spice and savoury development, lovely structure, mouthwatering
The Exquisite Collection South Australia Shiraz 5.79  Drinker Rating 90
Hint of menthol and tobacco smoke, rich black berry, very well made
The Exquisite Collection New Zealand Pinot Noir 2014 6.99 Drinker Rating 90
Balanced fruit and savoury ripeness, light raspberry and hint of leather, smashing
Estevez Pinot Noir 4.79 Drinker Rating 89
Forward fruit and good tannic structure, very well made, complex
Vignobles Roussellet Malbec 4.49 Drinker Rating 90
Forward open bubblegum nose, blueberry and oak, easy tannin, great value
Chateau Soleil, Puisseguin St Emillion 11.99 Drinker Rating 92
Lovely open developing Bordeaux nose, green pepper and bramble, cherry and violet on palate, classy
Jean Bouchard Beaunne 16.99 Drinker Rating 92
Lovely red fruit and forest floor nose, complex and savoury, good use of oak, developing well
Andara Chilean Merlot 4.09 Drinker Rating 89
Complex nose, light rubber and stewed fruit, soft, easy and straightforward

Toro Loco Rose 2014 3.89 Drinker Rating 87
Raspberry nose, lovely red cherry finish. Great price, good value party wine.