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ALDI 2019 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 reasonable quality too particularly in the Exquisite range. It's not all cheap and cheerful, there is some higher end stuff here and again it's very well priced, look for the ever expanding Lot Series. Some fantastic Albarino and Gewertztraminer have recently joined their list. 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.


Castellore Grillo/Sauvignon Blanc 4.69 Drinker Rating 90
Perfect party wine, really well priced and enough character to keep you interested
Gavi di Gavi 6.99 Drinker Rating 90
Lovely precise wine, clean and crisp, classy mineral and fruit in balance
Exquisite Collection Rias Baixas Albarino 6.49 Drinker Rating 90
Lots to like here, complex apple blossom and mineral, chalk and peach, fab stuff!
Toro Loco Blanco 4.69 Drinker Rating 88
Buy lots - chill well, summer party wine
Exquisite Collection Muscadet Sevre et Maine 5.69 Drinker Rating 87
Good, fresh, well made, lovely acidity, nice crisp green apple, would make a fab House White
Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling 6.99Drinker Rating 91
Zesty and floral, aromatic, white blossom, hint of minerality, very well made
Exquisite Collection Leyda Sauvignon Blanc 5.49 Drinker Rating 87
Big flowery sauvignon, white blossom, tropical notes, expressive
Exquisite Collection Limestone Coast Chardonnay 5.79 Drinker Rating 90
Green apple and grassy meadow, lots to like about this and not just the price
Exquisite Collection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 6.99 Drinker Rating 89
Gooseberry and greengage, understated for Marlborough but Sauvignon nonetheless, subtle!
Vignobles Rousellet Sauvignon Blanc 4.69 Drinker Rating 88
Grassy and understated sauvignon, easy drinker, classic French style
IGP Languedoc Chardonnay 4.79 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
Artisan Tasmanian Gewurtztraminer 10.99 Drinker Rating 90
Lovely aromatic floral nose, dry, perfumed wine, like drinking petals

Exquisite Collection Cremant du Jura 8.29 Drinker Rating 89
Easy drinking fizz, green apple and grass, lovely, very well priced
Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut NV 12.49 Drinker Rating 90
Yeasty bread nose, good full, rich complex palate, red apple, lovely, classy, value!
Veuve Monsigny 2006 Vintage Champagne 22.99 Rating 90
Wonderful Champagne, apple crumble and cream, terrific value
Lot Series Folletto D'oro Prosecco 9.99 Drinker Rating 90
A cut above your usual cheap prosecco, peach and mineral, a beauty
Ca 'di Pietra Prosecco Magnum 13.99 Drinker Rating 90
Peach blossom nose, dry, light, fresh, lovely drop, magnum is a show-stopper
Castelore Organico Sparkling Rose 7.99 Drinker Rating 91
Lively red berry character, very approachable, well made, summer bargain

Gym Dao Red
5.69 Drinker Rating 90
Lovely tobacco leaf nose, full on black fruit, bags of wine for the money
Stave and Steel Bourbon Aged Cabernet Sauvignon 8.99 Drinker Rating 90
Big, forceful wine, shouldn't work but it does, vanilla, bourbon, blackberry
Plough and Press Californian Pinot Noir 7.99 Drinker Rating 91
Really good pinot noir, light redcurrant, some supporting oak, great balance
Artisan Tasmanian Pinot Noir
16.99 Drinker Rating 93
Cool climate pinot noir, bramble, raspberry and something savoury, high % but you wouldn't know
Moulins de Citran Haut Medoc 2009 13.99 Drinker Rating 91
Good example of how Bordeaux ages well, leather and tobacco nose, supple in the mouth
Estevez Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere 4.79 Drinker Rating 90
Ripe damson and plum nose, good blackcurrant with lovely menthol notes, nice tannic structure
The Fire Tree Sicilian Riserva 7.99 Drinker Rating 90
Big heavy bottle, spice, blackcurrant leaf, bramble, super stuff
The Fire Tree Sicilain Nero d'Avola 4.79 Drinker Rating 90
Blood and guts wine in a very good way, big, brash, tannic, full on in yer face
Nero di Trioa 5.99 Drinker Rating 90
Forward fruit and spice on the nose, smashing wine, great looking bottle
Animus Douro 4.99 Drinker Rating 89
Perfect party red, cherry and violet,easy drinking, fantastic price
Exquisite Collection Chilean Reserva Merlot 5.99 Drinker Rating 89
Good solid merlot, black fruit and cinnamon spice, very solid wine
Estevez Pinot Noir 4.79 Drinker Rating 89
Forward fruit and good tannic structure, very well made, complex
Vignobles Roussellet Malbec 4.69 Drinker Rating 90
Forward open bubblegum nose, blueberry and oak, easy tannin, great value
Andara Chilean Merlot 4.09 Drinker Rating 89
Complex nose, light rubber and stewed fruit, soft, easy and straightforward

Toro Loco Rose 2014 3.99 Drinker Rating 87
Raspberry nose, lovely red cherry finish. Great price, good value party wine
Yallaroo Australian Rose 4.99 Drinker Rating 89
Perfect easy drinking wine, raspberry to the fore, enough fruit to entertain
Terres de Brume Cap D'Adge Rose 4.99 Drinker Rating 91
This is my summer house rose, perfect red/blueberry, sound acidity, fantastic value