Shopper’s guide: award-winning wines from Aldi

It seems fair to say that Aldi shoppers like an element of surprise – there’s always something unexpected turning up on this value-focused retailer’s shelves.

Aldi DWWA award-winning wines

At this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, bottles from China and Canada were among Aldi’s top performers with Silver medal winners from these two countries being perhaps the most newsworthy of the retailer’s top-performing wines.

There were no fewer than 232 entries from China at this year’s awards, of which 105 were from Helan Mountain East in the north-central Ningxia region. Kanaan Winery’s Wild Pony, a Cabernet-dominant Bordeaux blend from Helan Mountain East, impressed the judges with its flavours of fruit compote and gentle spice, for which it was awarded a Silver medal.

From Ontario, Canada’s Niagara Peninsula came two Silver medal winners, both emblematic of what this region does so well.

At the sweet end of the spectrum was Lakeview Cellars’ Vidal Icewine, a luscious dessert style redolent of candied apple and tropical fruit; at the dry end of the spectrum was The Falls Riesling, with its bright, citrus-tinged fruit and bracing acidity. At £9.99, this relatively low-alcohol wine (11%) is great value, too.


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Novelty seekers should also make note of Bon Afrique’s Clairette Blanche from South Africa’s Western Cape. This 100% varietal wine is characterised by a floral freshness – and at £8.99, it’s a bargain.

For sparkling fans, two Silver medal winners are worth seeking out. From Hampshire, Aldi’s own Specially Selected Classic Brut NV deserves special mention for its orchard fruit and citrus flavours, all underscored by nutty, toasty complexity – for under £20 a bottle.

From Champagne, the Blanc de Blancs Brut Vintage 2015 from Veuve Monsigny has all the toasty notes and citrus flavours that you’d expect from vintage bubbly, but at a price that’s more in keeping with a multi-vintage blend.

A combination of unusual finds and good value are Aldi’s driving forces. Keep an eye on the Aldi website for online exclusives that are not available to in-store shoppers, and see below for the award-winning wines to seek out…

Shopper’s guide: award-winning wines from Aldi

Silver

Aldi, Specially Selected Classic Brut, Hampshire, England NV
Silver, 91 points
£19.99
Impressive wine with aromas of red apples, waxy lemons and red berries. On the palate, the apples are honeyed and there is fresh bread and toasted brioche on the tongue. Beautifully balanced, charming wine. Alc 12%

The Falls, Riesling, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada 2019
Silver, 91 points
£9.99
Inviting nose of bright apricot and citrus lime, then to a palate of bright acidity and a chalky minerality. Alc 11%

Bon Afrique, Clairette Blanche, Western Cape, South Africa 2021
Silver, 90 points
£8.99
Delicate white floral with lily of the valley and a subtle hint of orange peel. Salty, pithy palate with a Cognac fruitiness. Alc 14%

Veuve Monsigny, Blanc de Blancs Brut, Champagne, France 2015
Silver, 90 points
£21.99
Lovely toasty and floral aromas with a hint of citrus notes. Appealing palate with lemon and a mineral chalky finish. Alc 12.5%

Kanaan Winery, Wild Pony, Helan Mountain East, Ningxia, China 2018
Silver, 90 points
£14.99
Broody black and red fruit compote with chocolate and spice aromas. Fresh and savoury, medium bodied, with slightly grainy tannins. Alc 14.5%

Lakeview Cellars, Vidal Icewine, Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada 2019
Silver, 94 points
£13.99 | 37.5cl
Candied apple and pear drop aromas lead on to a palate of papaya, pineapple and zesty tangerine peel. Alc 11.5%


Bronze

Veuve Monsigny, No III Brut, Champagne, France NV
Bronze, 87 points
£13.99
Sweet honey characteristics with some stalky notes and sweet sugar elements. Wine with serious body. Alc 12.5%

Aldi, Left Coast White Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA 2020
Bronze, 88 points
£12.99
Clean, fruity aromas of pear…


Source : https://www.decanter.com/decanter-world-wine-awards/shoppers-guide-award-winning-wines-from-aldi-486980/