Discount supermarket Aldi has released 68 new wines in its Spring/Summer collection. Many of these are wines that have transitioned to the Specially Selected branding (which superseded the Exquisite Collection last year), while others are new vintages of existing lines.
The most interesting are entirely new wines sourced by buyers Josh Heley (still wines) and Andy Maxwell (sparkling, fortified and spirits). These include a beautifully maturing New Zealand Riesling, a supple Barbera d’Asti and a bargain Beaujolais for just £4.49. Not forgetting the huge success of the rosé Prosecco.
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 Austrian Grüner Veltliner and New Zealand Pinot Noir.
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 and Australian Durif, plus a Chilean Syrah.
Several wines are also still available from the 2020 autumn/winter press tasting. These include a super-value Argentinian Shiraz that won Silver at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards, a delicious Greek Assyrtiko and the Philizot et Fils Blanc de Noirs Champagne.
Not yet available, but worth snapping up once released are: the Lenz Moser Selection Austrian Chardonnay 2020 and Canyon Springs Old-Vine Californian Zinfandel 2017 (July) and Romain Duvernay’s St-Joseph 2019 (August).
Decanter’s best Aldi wines:
The first 20 wines are the most recently tasted. The others are still available online and/or instore.
Updated 15/06/2021: Added wines from the spring/summer 2021 tasting (20 wines) and removed unavailable wines
Updated 15/03/2021: Added wines (2) and removed unavailable wines
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