This year (2014) I want to add to my wine rack at a regular basis and hopefully faster than I drink them! I love walking into the living room and glancing at a full wine rack - a satisfying sort of warm feeling even before drinking any.
I was asked by Aldi to review a selection of their wines which I was of course happy to receive.
I don't often think of popping into my local Aldi when I want to buy some wine but really must start thinking of them in terms of serious wine merchants.
The first two are white:-
Freeman's Bay (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (New Zealand)
A very easy to drink white wine which makes a superb aperitif but goes incredibly well with cheese and creamy dishes. I will be drinking this with the scalloped potato dish I make with a layer of French cheese in between the potato and onion.
Australian Limestone Coast Chardonnay from The Exquisite Collection. I have stayed away from Australian white, often too oaky for me but this one is unoaked, dry, 2013 Vintage and has mentions of honeysuckle, white peach and fresh pineapple. A fresh and balanced white wine which will go so well with shellfish or party nibbles.
We now come to the reds, and one of my favourite wine regions is Bordeaux and I am particularly fond of Claret, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a full bodied wine which hits the senses with notes of blackcurrant, rich velvet plums and tangy cedar so characteristic of wine from this region.
The final of the selection I received is another offering from the Bordeaux region. This is a Bordeaux Superieur 2011, the classic blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon - it's fruity aromas of raspberry and blackberry, spice and full tannin make it a sure hit as a partner to your Sunday roast beef!
You can find out more about these wines and the rest of the extensive range Aldi have in-store by clicking here.
I received the above mentioned wines to taste and enjoy and to review. I did not receive any payment to write this post and all opinions are my own. Thanks Aldi.