Aldi Wine Club Taster – Round 2

AldiClub2Well the second and third wines arrived, again well packaged, if fact it took me quite a while to remove bubble wrap, polystyrene and cardboard to eventually reveal a Spanish Toro Loco Superior and an Australian Exquisite collection  Limestone Coast Chardonnay.

So what were they like? well, again both very good especially for the price.

Toro Loco Superior 2014

Toro Loco (Mad Bull) made from Tempranillo (75%) and Bobal (25%) grapes. This wine is from the Utiel Requena region of Spain just west of the city of Valencia where Bobal rules.

On sticking my nose in the glass there were aromas of cherries and plums along with a hint of fresh strawberries, some smokiness, leather and what smelt like church incense.

Taste-wise again ripe cherries and plums, fresh acidity, a little sourness, slightly vegetal, leather and peppery spice.

My only problem, which is not a problem for some people is that it didn’t last well beyond day one, tasting on the second day it lost some of it’s initial intenseness of flavour and tasted slightly bitter, so my advice is drink it on the same day or because at £3.49 it’s so cheap buy 2 bottles.

All in all a lovely Spanish wine for the ridiculous price of £3.49, go out and buy some now!Aldiwineclub logo

Exquisite Collection Limestone Coast Chardonnay 2014

Next an Australian Limestone Coast region Chardonnay 2014, from their Exquisite range. A little more expensive although still relatively cheap at £5.79 a bottle.

Bright straw like colour in the glass, aromas of lemon, tropical fruits including peaches, pineapples and nectarines. Exotic and complex with a weighty texture and savoury finish which was incredibly long.

Unlike the Toro Loco this improved on day 2 and even day 3 if you can wait that long to finish it. So this was the pick of the two for me if only because it lasted longer after opening but overall two pretty decent wines, as as I seem to be saying a lot when it comes to Aldi, fantastic value for money.

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Toro Loco Superior

My Rating 7.5/10 Corks

 

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Limestone Coast Chardonnay

My Rating 8/10 Cork

Aldi hits the spot, again !

Aldi Cabernet Sauvignon

Starting to get a bit of a buzz when walking around Aldi at the moment, especially when I turn down the wine aisle. Ok, it may not be the most tidiest of supermarkets but there is something comforting about seeing those wine bottles still in their boxes, arranged in no particular order with an almost warehouse look about it.

Compared to the manicured wine aisles in most other supermarkets with their suspect half price offers on mass-produced plonk, Aldi is a breath of fresh air and judging by the conversations I’ve had with Aldi customers (mostly in the wine section) there is an enthusiasm for buying wine I’ve not seen in other supermarkets.

Customers don’t just buy a bottle or two, most of them are loading boxes into their trolleys, maybe just maybe it’s due to the fact that most of their wines especially the ones I’ve tasted so far have been pretty damn good !

This latest bottle I opened to accompany a roast lamb dinner continues the trend of not having a wine from Aldi I’ve disliked yet. It’s a beautiful dark purple in the glass with aromas of black currants, forest pine, menthol, herbs and on first sip it just feels comforting, a mouthful of black currants again mixed with a little mocha and dry but not too overpowering tannins along with a mix of eucalyptus, herbs and wood.

Left to breathe for a while everything softened and as the label says it was exquisite and for just over £6 better than most Cabernets at a similar price and better than a lot at double the price.

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My Rating 8/10 Corks

Aldi £6.49

 

 

Aldi Pinot Noir taste off

battlepinotIn my last review I tasted the Aldi Vignobles Roussellet Pinot Noir which I picked up at an incredible price of £4.39, at the same time I picked up a couple of bottles of their Exquisite collection New Zealand Pinot Noir for £6.99.

After enjoying the cheaper French Pinot with a Lamb dinner I decided to follow-up with the slightly more expensive New Zealand version paired with roast pork to see which one came out on top. It turned out to be surprisingly harder than I thought with both wines, especially for the price holding their own but in very different ways.

The New Zealand Pinot compared to the French was very much lighter in colour, (almost read a book through the wine) and straight away the aroma was much more noticeable than the French which was fairly muted. Cherries, raspberries and to a lesser extent strawberries were all there with an almost red fruit pastilles smell (the one everyone goes for in the packet). The French aroma was almost fruitless with savoury and smoke dominant.

Taste wise again completely different, the French was rustic, unmistakably French, pretty sweet but with a smokey wood flavour. Although you could taste red fruits it wasn’t a full on fruitiness of the New Zealand, this was bright a very fruity with cherries, strawberries but still with a whiff of smoke and hint of savouriness.

If the French was rustic the New Zealand wine was kind of elegant in comparison. Which one did I prefer?, hard to say, enjoyed both of them equally for different reasons and they both showed well on the second day. As long as they remain at these prices I will be making the 10 mile journey to buy more of each for £4.39 & £6.99 silly not too, well done Aldi !.

7.5corksMy Rating 7.5/10 Corks

Aldi £6.99