ALDI scores strongly for value wine

Aldi wines score strongly on value. The Real Review

Top Value Wines Feature Week

ALDI supermarket wines regularly punch well above their weight in our tastings, and they’ve again scored strongly in The Real Review 2023 Value Wines survey.

Our tastings are conducted ‘blind’, so we don’t know what we’re tasting other than its grape variety and vintage.

Value-for-money is determined by balancing the score against the price. These results speak for themselves.

When we taste a wine in a line-up of shiraz, for instance, that scores 90 points, and the wraps come off and reveal that it cost just AUD $7.99, we are impressed, sometimes shocked. When this happens I normally go back and re-taste the wine to make sure I haven’t made a mistake!

How does ALDI do it?

They play the market. They don’t own a vineyard or a winery, so they have no infrastructure fixed costs. They can go to the wineries and say “This is what we want, this is the volume we need and the price we’re prepared to pay. Give us the best you can.”

Other supermarkets and retailers no doubt work in a similar way. It’s possible ALDI are content to make a smaller profit margin than others.

Here are some of the ALDI highlights:

(The number before the wine’s name is its placement within its varietal category at the time of publication)

Chardonnay

6. A.C. Byrne & Co Chardonnay 2022, Margaret River (AUD $10.99 and 90 points)

10. Blackstone Paddock Chardonnay 2022, Margaret River (AUD $19.99 and 90 points)

Shiraz

2. Eastern Laneway Shiraz 2022, Grampians (AUD $14.99 and 93 points)

6. A.C. Byrne & Co Organic Shiraz 2022, McLaren Vale (AUD $10.99 and 92 points)

21. One Road Shiraz 2021, South Australia (AUD $7.99 and 90 points)

23. Blackstone Paddock The Player Shiraz 2021, Barossa (AUD $12.99 and 90 points)

Other Reds

10. Eastern Laneway Nero D’Avola 2022, Fleurieu (AUD $11.99 and 90 points)

Cabernet Sauvignon

37. Blackstone Paddock Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, Margaret River (AUD $19.99 and 87 points)

49. The Pond Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, South Eastern Australia (AUD $6.99 and 85 points)

Red Blends

38. A.C. Byrne & Co Cabernet Merlot 2022, Margaret River (AUD $10.99 and 87 points)

Riesling

26. Freya & Jules Watervale Riesling 2022, Clare Valley (AUD $8.99 and 90 points)

Value-for-money is determined by balancing the score against the price. These results speak for themselves.


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