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ALDI 2020/21 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 £6.99 Drinker Rating 90
Lots to like here, complex apple blossom and mineral, chalk and peach, fab stuff!
Specially Selected Stellenbosch Chardonnay £6.99 Drinker Rating 88
Very solid wine, of its type, green apple and oak, easy drinker
Domaine Pierre Marchand et Fils Pouilly Fume £10.99 Drinker Rating 89
Flinty mineral nose, lovely fresh acidity, lime and mineral throughout, classy
Jean Bouchard Petit Chablis £9.99 Drinker Rating 89
Perfectly made Petit Chablis, some light mineral notes and lovely citrus lime peel aromas
Specially Selected Chablis Premier Cru £13.99 Drinker Rating 90
Christmas Day wine, dry, oyster shell palate, fuller body, complex, develops on re-tasting
Specially Selected Muscadet Sevre et Maine £5.99 Drinker Rating 87
Good, fresh, well made, lovely acidity, nice crisp green apple, would make a fab House White
Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling £6.99 Drinker Rating 91
Zesty and floral, aromatic, white blossom, hint of minerality, very well made
Redwood Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc £7.99 Drinker Rating 89
Gooseberry, grass and greengage, proper Marlborough Sauvignon
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 £5.99 Drinker Rating 91
Lovely complex nose, good tropical fruit, lychee, unripe apple, deep and lasting wine off dry
The Project Sauvignon Blanc £5.99 Drinker Rating 90
Lovely fresh meadow and green grass nose, green fruit palate, very good, top value
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!
Organic Prosecco £7.99 Drinker Rating 90 (pThe rose version of this is great too)
A cut above your usual cheap prosecco, peach and mineral, a beauty, lovely bottle too!
Castelore Prosecco Magnum £17.99 Drinker Rating 87
Peach blossom nose, dry, light, fresh, lovely drop, magnum is a show-stopper
Specially Selected French Rasteau £8.99 Drinker Rating 89
Plum and damson, spice and intensity, big boy wine, 14.5% alcohol, warming
Specially Selected Brouilly £6.49 Drinker Rating 90
Lovely darker Beaujolais, light but present tannins, raspberry fruit.
Specially Selected Costieres de Nimes £5.99 Drinker Rating 89
Cedar and spice, lovely wood smoke nose, structured and ripe
Princes de France Gigondas £9.99 Drinker Rating 89
Big spicy wine, hot alcohol, full on fruit and black pepper, super stuff
Ca' Solare Barolo 2016 £12.99 Drinker Rating 91
Brick red, sophisticated, subtle, pepper and black cherry, big tannins but balanced
Castellore Sangiovese Appassimento £6.99 Drinker Rating 91
Black fruit compote, concentrated plum and cherry, spice and tar on finish, wow!
Corte Carista Amarone della Valpolicella £13.99 Drinker Rating 90
Velevety, lovely, rich, giving, intense, touch of ripe fruit sweetness, hot.
Portuguese Dao Red
£5.99 Drinker Rating 90
Lovely tobacco leaf nose, full on black fruit, bags of wine for the money
Animus Portuguese Blend £3.99 Drinker Rating 88
Simple, easy red, lovely hint of burnt rubber, full on fruit and smoky finish
Animus Douro £5.29 Drinker Rating 89
Perfect party red, cherry and violet,easy drinking, fantastic price
Atzar Spanish Priorat £8.99 Drinker Rating 89
Great looking bottle, classy wine too, blackberry and black cherry, drinkable
Cambalala South African Cinsault £5.49 Drinker Rating 89
Amazingly pale red, like a lovely raspberry wine, subtle, refreshing, light tannins
Specially Selected Australian Grenache £6.99 Drinker Rating 90
Spice, herbs and liquorice, mouthwatering, lots to like here
Estevez Pinot Noir £3.99 Drinker Rating 88
Lovely light and subtle wine, hints of black pepper and raspberry, amazing price
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
Pierre Jurant Sud de France Rosť £5.99 Drinker Rating 87
Lovely light, perfectly acceptable pink, a gently touch or raspberry

Pierre Jurant Cotes de Luberon Rosť £5.99 Drinker Rating 87
Classy looking bottle, fresh red fruit, dry rosť, easy drinking
Yallaroo Australian Rosť £4.99 Drinker Rating 89
Perfect easy drinking wine, raspberry to the fore, enough fruit to entertain
Terres de Brume Cap D'Adge Rosť £4.99 Drinker Rating 91
This is my summer house rose, perfect red/blueberry, sound acidity, fantastic value


These wines only available on-line from November 2020:
Homelands South African Old Vine Chenin Blanc £9.99 Drinker Rating 91
'White peach and crushed rock' says the bottle and it's not wrong, lovely spot of oak too.

Albert Lucas Chablis Premier Cru £19.99 Drinker Rating 91
Grape, grass and straw, lots of complex and developing character and great looking bottle too
Lion's Den Greek Assyrtiko £9.99 Drinker Rating 89
Classy looking bottle, fancy wine too, minerality and grapefruit, lovely stuff
Caves Road Margaret River Chardonnay £8.49 Drinker Rating 90
Green apple and grassy meadow, splash of oak on the finish lots to like about this
Jean Lefort Gevrey-Chambertin £24.99 Drinker Rating 91
Proper Christmas Day wine, firm tannins, red berry, red currant palate, will age
Le Moulin Teyroud Chateauneuf du Pape 2018 £19.99 Drinker Rating 90
Some development on the nose, full on fruit and spicy black pepper, top stuff
Pinot Vigilante Central Otago Pinot Noir £9.99 Drinker Rating 90
Fruit driven but with a lovely undercurrant of new leather and forest floor
Coastal Series South African Pinotage £6.99 Drinker Rating 91
Very good wine indeed, ripe full  black fruit, structure and acidity, full on but balanced
Barossa Shiraz £7.99 Drinker Rating 89
Dark and inky, touch of medicine cabinet, blackcurrant, intense, fab

Philizot et Fils 2012 Vintage Champagne £19.99 Rating 90
Wonderful Champagne, apple crumble and cream, terrific value