Ahead of Christmas, discount retailer Aldi has relaunched its range of online-only Classic Icon wines and introduced a selection of premium lines, as well as several more unusual additions.
The Albanta Albariño and Veuve Monsigny Champagne are among those favourites that remain in the initial 35-strong Classic Icon range that launched in September 2019, with 20 newcomers including a lovely Grüner Veltliner (£6.99) and New Zealand Pinot Noir (£9.99)
In the premium range – available from November – seek out a white Châteauneuf-du-Pape (£14.99) and a great-value Gigondas (£9.99), while wine adventurers will enjoy a German Blaufränkisch (£5.99) and a Brazillian Chardonnay (£6.99).
The seasonal range – including Aldi’s Specially Selected own-label wines – provides great options for autumn and winter, with many bottles below £5. The core lines (from £3.69) are more of a mixed bag, but nevertheless offer several solid options.
While the majority of the wines can be found both on the supermarket’s website and in-store, some are online exclusives and only available while stocks last.
See our top picks from Aldi’s 2020 autumn/winter press tasting below, featuring a super-value Argentinian Shiraz that won Silver at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, a delicious Portuguese red, great-value claret, crisp Greek white and a Champagne complete with gift box that’s perfect for Christmas.
Decanter’s best Aldi wines:
The first 12 wines below are from Aldi’s autumn/winter 2020 wine collection. The other wines are from older tastings but still available.
Updated 29/10/2020: Added wines from the autumn/winter 2020 tasting (15 wines) and removed unavailable wines
Updated 03/04/2020: Added wines from the spring 2020 tasting (10 wines) and removed unavailable wines
Updated 03/10/2019: Added wines from the autumn/winter 2019 tasting (12 wines) and removed unavailable wines
Updated 26/3/2019: Added wines from the spring 2019 tasting (11 wines) and removed unavailable wines