Friday, December 7, 2018

JUST BUY IT

Aldi have been getting a few huge media wraps recently for their red wines. Unless I've missed it, everyone seems to have missed this one. And I reckon it's the best. This is a seamless red with plenty of berry fruit on a mid weight palate. Acid, tannin and fruit in perfect balance. Impossible to recommend highly enough


ONE ROAD 2017 CABERNET MERLOT
GRAPE VARIETIES: Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
REGION: Blend of South Australian and Victorian fruit from the King Valley
A/V: 14% 
PRICE: $6.99
FROM: Aldi, Australia
RATING: 5/5 from me 

PURE CLASS AT A BARGAIN PRICE

The Loire Valley is responsible for some of the finest sauvignon blancs in the world. From the steely, austere, aristocratic Sancerre to the more populist Touraines. This is a stunner that has a flavour profile that fits nicely between the two. Please give it a try if you want a change from the sometimes overwhelming similarity of New Zeakand offerings.

RESERVE DE LA FAMILLE DROUETT LOIRE VALLEY 2017 SAUVIGNON BLANC
GRAPE VARIETIES: Sauvignon Blanc
REGION: Loire Valley, France


A/V: 12% 
PRICE: $7.99
FROM: Aldi, Australia
RATING: 5/5 from me 

PERFECTLY PALATE PLEASING

If you're a chardy drinker being swamped by the ocean of sauvignon blanc you'll love this at a mere $7. It has sensible wood to balance definite varietal fruit. It's not a world beater but it ticks all the boxes at this price

ONE ROAD 2018 CHARDONNAY
GRAPE VARIETIES: Chardonnay
REGION: A blend from two premium South Australian regions: Padthaway and Eden Valley


A/V: 13.5% 
PRICE: $6.99
FROM: Aldi, Australia
RATING: 4.5/5 from me 

QUITE DISAPPOINTING

I expect a retailer's $10 wines to be better than it's offerings 30% cheaper.The fact that this is not the case here reflects the premium that Margaret River wines command more than anything else. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the wine but nor is there anything particularly exciting.



AC BYRNE 2016 CABERNET MERLOT
GRAPE VARIETIES: Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
REGION: Margaret River, Western Australia
A/V: 14.2% 
PRICE: $9.99
FROM: Aldi, Australia
RATING: 3/5 from me 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

STAY CALM AND ENJOY A FIVE DOLLAR RED FOR WHAT IT IS

CORAGGIOSO 2017 NERO D'AVOLA



A recent newspaper article about this wine caused a huge social media furore. There was outrage over Aldi's perceived evil unsustainable manipulation of the market. And all of it based on the reviewer's claim that this was so much better than so many wines twice the price. Oh really? 

I made a career out of finding wines that outperformed others that were twice the price. It's hardly surprising that Aldi, with their resources and expertise, can do even better. The reality is that this, at its best, completely  over delivers at $5. It offers a rich berry intensity that has you reaching for the glass and savouring every sip. Unfortunately it's ridiculously variable and we've opened bottles purchased from a number of stores that were well short of the quality of Aldi's $7 offerings. So be warned. 

GRAPE VARIETIES: Nero d'Avola - it's Sicily's most important red variety and it's starting to find a growing home in Australia.
REGION: Sicily, Italy
A/V: 13% 
PRICE: $4.99
FROM: Aldi, Australia
RATING: 4/5 from me although 5/5 with a star at its best

Monday, December 3, 2018

$7 REDS SHOULD NOT BE THIS GOOD



This is an absolute ripper which I can't recommend highly enough. Funnily enough it's not quite the best in Aldi's ONE ROAD range. That's coming up soon.

ONE ROAD 2017 South Australia & Heathcote Shiraz 
GRAPE VARIETIES: Shiraz
REGION: South Australian/Victorian Blend
A/V: 14.5% 
PRICE: $6.99
FROM: Aldi, Australia
RATING: 5/5 from me 

AN ALDI CROWD PLEASER

This is an ephemeral little beauty presented under one of Aldi's many labels. It's delicate. with crisp acidity and fruit flavours to appeal to all. For a function you couldn't go wrong.














AC BYRNE & CO 2017 MR Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
GRAPE VARIETIES: Blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon
REGION: Margaret River, Western Australia
A/V: 12% 
PRICE: $7.99
FROM: Aldi, Australia
RATING: 5/5 from me 

HALF PRICE SPECIALS INVITE SCEPTICISM


Dan Woolworths are at it again with a "buy one get one free" offer.
Is this worth $17? Definitely not although the packaging might suggest otherwise. Which for my money makes a half price special something to be wary about.
Is it worth $8.50? Definitely providing you ignore the meaningless back label. This is a thowback to the old herbaceous Marlborough style. With the added factor of a palate weight which suggests some yeast lees lurking about. If you like that style you'll rate this far higher than I have. 



TE RUA BAY 2017 SAUVIGNON BLANC





GRAPE VARIETY: Sauvignon Blanc
REGION: Marlborough, New Zealand
A/V: 12.5% 
PRICE: $8.50 [based on a regular price of $16.99 and "buy one get one free"]
FROM: Dan Murphy, Australia
RATING: 4/5 from me