Supermarket Aldi showcased more than 130 wines in its UK Autumn/Winter collection, with a focus on both the premium and the ‘unexpected’.
Buyers Josh Heley (still wines) and Andy Maxwell (sparkling, fortified and spirits) introduced a ‘super-premium’ tier: Winemaster’s Lot. This line represents just 10 wines (or 2%) across the whole Aldi wines range, priced from £7.99 to £19.99.
Winemaster’s Lot sits above the Specially Selected range (which superseded the Exquisite Collection in 2020). Among these top-tier wines are classics such as a Pouilly-Fumé, Barbaresco and Rioja Gran Reserva.
Also new is a range of more esoteric and niche wines, including a Riesling-Chardonnay blend from China and a Swiss Gamay. ‘Getting the opportunity to try amazing, exciting wines from every corner of the globe should be a right for our customers – not a privilege,’ explains Heley.
The seasonal Aldi range provides great options for everyday drinking, particularly between £5.99-£9.99. The core lines (from £3.99) are more of a mixed bag, but nevertheless offer several solid options.
In September 2020, Aldi updated its range of online-only Classic Icon wines (first launched in 2019). Veuve Monsigny Champagne is a firm customer favourite, but also seek out the new 2016 Margaux and a fabulous Argentinian Malbec – all perfect for Christmas feasting.
While the majority of Aldi’s full range of wines can be found both on the supermarket’s website and in-store, some are online exclusives and only available while stocks last. Among these are an excellent Canadian Riesling, Australian Durif and Chilean Syrah which have been popular online since spring.
Not yet available, but worth snapping up once released are: the Weingut Reverchon German Riesling 2018 (December), Buenas Vides Argentinian Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 (January) and Carmel Road California Chardonnay 2019 (TBC).
Decanter’s best Aldi wines:
The first 21 wines are the most recently tasted. The others are still available online and/or in store.
Updated 03/11/2021: Added wines from the autumn/winter 2021 tasting (21 wines) and removed unavailable wines
Updated 15/06/2021: Added wines from the spring/summer 2021 tasting (20 wines) and removed unavailable wines