Value for money from Aldi
Aldi supermarkets have set a new standard in value-for-money wines at the cheaper price points since they began retailing liquor in Victoria in 2003 and in NSW five years ago.
Their wines across many regions and styles – Tuscany, Rioja, Côtes-du-Rhône, Mosel Valley and Australia – have almost always impressed me. The quality/price balance is beyond belief. Just a year or two back, an AUD $4.99 Aldi rosé under the South Point label shocked everyone by winning a gold at Perth and blue-gold at the Sydney International Wine Competition.
Aldi’s AUD $11.99 Tudor Shiraz 2013 won gold medals at Hobart and Canberra and trophies at the SIWC a couple of years ago. And what about the AUD $4.99 El Toro Macho Spanish reds, made from tempranillo and bobal in the hitherto forgotten region of Utiel-Requena? They are amazing – a story for another day.
Back to the Aldi Australian wines. I recently tasted some new releases and again the value was astounding. These were especially good at their price:
- 2016 The Pond Pinot Grigio Chardonnay (AUD $6.99)
- 2015 One Road Shiraz (AUD $6.99)
- 2016 Little Birdwood Cabernet Shiraz Merlot (AUD $4.99)
- 2015 The Pond Cabernet Sauvignon (AUD $6.99)
- 2015 One Road Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot (AUD $6.99)
- 2015 A.C. Byrne & Co Margaret River Cabernet Merlot (AUD $9.99)
These all scored well above average within their price brackets.
And these wines are the Aldi equivalent of flying business class: three 2015 Blackstone Paddock reds, all selling for AUD $17.99 (incredibly, the prices have just been dropped from AUD $19.99):
- Barossa Valley Shiraz, rated 89
- Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, rated 90
- Limited Release McLaren Vale Shiraz, rated 92
Aldi sells liquor in 294 of its stores in Victoria, ACT, NSW and is soon to launch in WA. Not all its stores sell liquor.
For the drinker on a strict budget who cares about quality, the Aldi offering is presently unequalled.