Supermarket Aldi showcased 106 wines in its 2022 UK spring/summer collection, with the focus still on the ‘unexpected’, but also building on customer favourites.
Buyer Josh Heley (still wines) said Aldi had built a ‘big fan base for Greece and Portugal’ over the past few years, and the current range expanded the offering.
Indeed, the Mimo Moutinho brand of wines from Portugal is one of the supermarket’s most reliable, and a new Arinto and Vinho Verde rosé, both from the 2021 vintage, are great buys. From Macedonia in Greece, two 2018 wines from Alpha Estate’s Ecosystem label – a top-scoring Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir – join the new 2021 vintage of customer favourite Filos Estate’s Aspri Petra Assyrtiko.
Scroll down for scores and tasting notes of the best wine buys from Aldi
Stars from sparkling wine buyer Andy Maxwell include the return of Aldi’s award-winning Crémant de Jura, as well as an organic rosé Prosecco. These are both under the Specially Selected range, which superseded the Exquisite Collection in 2020.
Introduced in 2021 to sit above Specially Selected, is Aldi’s ‘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. Many of these tasted last year are still available, including the delicious Côtes de Provence rosé, Rioja Gran Reserva and Barbaresco. This latter red is now down to £11.99 – 33% off – so snap it up!
Under Specially Selected, Aldi’s seasonal range provides great options for everyday drinking, particularly between £5.99-£9.99. Below this, the core lines are more of a mixed bag, but nevertheless offer several solid options, the current best being the 2020 Estevez Pinot Noir from Chile for £3.99.
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.
Decanter’s best Aldi wines:
The first 20 wines are the most recently tasted. The others are still available online and/or in store.
12/04/2022: Added wines from the spring/summer 2022 tasting (20 wines) and removed unavailable wines
03/11/2021: Added wines from the autumn/winter 2021 tasting (21 wines) and removed unavailable wines
15/06/2021: Added wines from the spring/summer 2021 tasting (20 wines) and removed unavailable wines