Decanter's Tasting team gets to grips with Aldi's wine range...(updated 2nd October)

Aldi wines have gone from strength to strength since the launch of the supermarket’s e-commerce wine site in January 2016. Its online sales are up 40% year on year for 2017, with sparkling wines reportedly leading the charge.


See also: Medal-winning Aldi wines at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017


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Decanter’s Tasting team have tasted most of Aldi’s wines, which have developed a reputation for offering excellent value. While the majority of bottles are available on their website, some are only available to purchase in-store.

UPDATES:

20/9/2017: We have added some wines from Aldi’s core range, available all year round.

2/10/2017: Added some new releases.

Aldi wines tasted and rated:

Jean Claude Mas, Limoux, Astélia, 2016

Jean Claude Mas, Limoux, Astélia, 2016

Made by Languedoc legend Jean Claude Mas, this 100% Chardonnay wine from Limoux has a lovely lifted lemon, apple and honeycomb aroma. The mouthfeel is broad and waxy, with a touch of grapefruit bitterness balanced by melon and floral notes. A fantastic wine.

Points 90
Aldi, Zom, Douro, Portugal, 2015

Aldi, Zom, Douro, Portugal, 2015

A unique bottle shape resembling an artillery shell, this wine promises fireworks. It has a slightly restrained aroma, but the palate opens up to reveal strawberry jam, cranberry and blackberry accompanied by some herbal complexity and savoury spice. Aged in French oak for 12 months, this is a lovely alternative…

Points 90
Meadowhawk, Contra Costa, Old Vines Zinfandel, 2015

Meadowhawk, Contra Costa, Old Vines Zinfandel, 2015

Blackcurrant jam, currants and tar leap from the glass and introduce this in-your-face red. In the mouth, concentrated meaty flavours with blackcurrant, star anise, vanilla and sweet spices mingle together to create a hard to resist combination in a juicy package. Fragrant flavours of strawberry jam and vanilla emerge on…

Points 90
Te Rakau, Chardonnay, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, 2016

Te Rakau, Chardonnay, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, 2016

A fresh, well balanced Chardonnay from New Zealand's North Island. There's a hint of butterscotch on the nose, and ripe citrus and stone fruit in the mouth with a vanilla and wood overtone and spicy finish. If you like oaky Chardonnays, then try this with roast chicken for a classic…

Points 89
Jean Claude Mas, Pezenas, Astélia, 2016

Jean Claude Mas, Pezenas, Astélia, 2016

Big violet, vanilla and dark fruit with tar, liquorice and spice. There's a woody character to the ripe, sweet fruit and a slightly savoury note too. A great option to drink with roast beef.

Points 89
Redwood Hills, Awatere Valley, Single Vineyard Sauvignon

Redwood Hills, Awatere Valley, Single Vineyard Sauvignon

According to the label. only 35,000 bottles of this wine were made, but it's worth picking up if you like Marlborough Sauvignon. But this has a bit of a twist. It has a distinct nutty aroma, reminiscent of toasted fenugreek seed. The nutty note is there on the palate too,…

Points 88
Te Rakau, Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon, Hawke’s Bay, 2015

Te Rakau, Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon, Hawke’s Bay, 2015

The Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand's North Island has developed a world-class reputation for its Bordeaux-style blends, made up of the classic Bordeaux varieties. This example is predominantly Merlot for a plush, chocolatey character, while the two Cabernets lend cassis and blackberry notes to the mix. There is also…

Points 89
Aldi, Origin Pure No Sulphur Added Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015

Aldi, Origin Pure No Sulphur Added Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015

You may feel that not adding sulphur might limit fruit freshness, but that is not the case for this Western Cape wine. The nose is deep and energetic, full of summer berries. The palate becomes fuller but maintains those fresh fruit berries, with blackberry and blackcurrant also emerging. A great…

Points 91
Aldi, Crémant du Jura, Exquisite Collection, Jura, 2014

Aldi, Crémant du Jura, Exquisite Collection, Jura, 2014

Jura is an up and coming region in France, and although the still whites can be a bit marmite, this sparkling wine is a fantastic alternative to other cremants from the Loire and Burgundy. It has a touch of brioche and citrus on the nose, and is quite intense in…

Points 90
Aldi, Limoux, Exquisite Collection Limoux, 2015

Aldi, Limoux, Exquisite Collection Limoux, 2015

This moreish Limoux evokes elegance, with a slowly evolving palate of apple, lemon and even some melon. The palate is intense, however it is not overpowering, which makes this wine uncomplicated and very enjoyable. The finish is crisp and thirst quenching.

Points 90
Aldi, Fitou, Pardon My French, Languedoc-Roussillon, 2015

Aldi, Fitou, Pardon My French, Languedoc-Roussillon, 2015

Pardon My French, or don't, when it comes to this wine. Making a range of wines, this Fitou is a very good example of the appellation. A serious, pure nose of lavender, raspberry and plum; you can almost smell the earth in this bottle. Juicy, concentrated fruit and luscious smooth…

Points 90
Aldi, Animus, Douro, Portugal, 2015

Aldi, Animus, Douro, Portugal, 2015

Part of Aldi's core range available all year round, this Portuguese red from the Douro has typically full, rich black fruit with a cordial-like concentration of sweet blue fruits lurking beneath. A delicious wine ideal for drinking with grilled meats.

Points 89
Wakefield Estate, Adelaide Hills, Fourth Dimension Pinot

Wakefield Estate, Adelaide Hills, Fourth Dimension Pinot

This Pinot Noir from the reliable hands of winemaker Adam Eggins has a lovely spicy, almost tangy, red fruit and bramble character. Soft and medium-bodied, it has dark hints of liquorice and chocolate on the finish which lend a degree of depth. A good choice to pair with duck,

Points 89
Aldi, Freeman's Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2016

Aldi, Freeman's Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2016

Typical Sauvignon aromas full of ripe green apple, lime and goosberry. The palate is very much faithful to these fruit characteristics, full of beautifully balanced sweetness from the fruit and a dry, crisp acidity. Perfect summertime drinking.

Points 89
Wakefield Estate, Wrattonbully, The Restless Wine Merchant

Wakefield Estate, Wrattonbully, The Restless Wine Merchant

This wine is made from fruit selected from vineyards in high quality Wrattonbully in South Australia, grown on its famous terra-rossa soils. This Shiraz has a hint of eucalyptus alongside aromas of ripe, jammy cherry and blackberry. In the mouth, sweet hedgerow fruits flavours are accompanied by black pepper spice…

Points 88
Leaf Plucker, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2017

Leaf Plucker, Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2017

Named after the sheep that freely roam the vineyards, eating the vine leaves and allowing the sun to reach all the clusters of grapes. This is partially aged in French oak to lend a touch of texture, body and spice to the zesty lime and gooseberry flavours.

Points 86
Aldi, Exquisite Collection Shiraz, South Australia, 2016

Aldi, Exquisite Collection Shiraz, South Australia, 2016

This blend of Shiraz with 12% Cabernet is reminiscent of a mid-2000s Barossa Shiraz, with super-ripe red and black fruits with a jammy character. Give this a whirl if you enjoy this full on style of wine, otherwise I would suggest looking elsewhere.

Points 86
Aldi, Original Series Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, 2016

Aldi, Original Series Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, 2016

This wine comes in a heavy, premium looking bottle. Unfortunately I found that the liquid inside couldn't quite live up to this. Leafy aromas of cranberry and hedgerow fruit with a waft of tar and chocolate lead into slightly tart flavours of sloe and elderberry. A herbal, minty character and…

Points 85

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