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Imported Wines for Festive Season from ALDI

Written by Aksel Ritenis

 

Monsigny Premier Cru Champagne, $25

  • Classy champagne with style and finesse
  • A blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier
  • Champagne of elegance, charm and deliciousness
  • AWARD WINNING – International Wine Challenge 2014 – Commended
  • AWARD WINNING – Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 – Commended

Veuve Monsigny Brut Champagne NV . $24.99 now $19.99

AWARD WINNER – 4½ Stars – Winestate, November/December 2017 Champagne and Sparkling

AWARD WINNER – 4 Stars – Winestate, November/December 2016 Champagne and Sparkling tasting

AWARD WINNER – Bronze Medal – 2015 Melbourne International Wine Competition

AWARD WINNER – 3 Stars – Winestate, November/December 2015

ALDI supports the responsible service of alcohol. It is illegal to purchase alcohol for people under 18.

  • Fully Imported
  • Prosecco DOC from Italy’s Veneto Region in the North of Italy
  • This delicious Prosecco is fragrant and perfumed with a delicate array of white pear, floral and white acacia flowers
  • Seriously good value and an outstanding addition to any celebration, big or small

AWARD WINNER – Best Value Buy – Winestate, Annual Edition 2016,.. 3½ Stars – Winestate, May/June 2015,…Commended – 2015 International Wine Challenge

 

Cotes Du Rhone Villages Grenache Syrah Mourvedre

  • Rich and juicy Rhone ranger
  • A deep bright red colour with well-balanced fruit aromas of raspberry, blackberry, cranberry and a hint of liquorice and violets on a spicy background.
  • A selection of 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre
  • The palate is both velvety and generous with medium bodied ripe tannins and floral traces (violet)
  • This wine can be enjoyed with roasted vegetables, barbeques, lamb chops or slow cooked beef dishes

VINTAGE 2014:

AWARD WINNER – Silver Medal – 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards, Silver Medal – 2015 International Wine Competition, 3 Stars – Winestate, March/April 2016

VINTAGE 2013:AWARD WINNER – Commended – 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards, Commended – 2014 International Wine Challenge

VINTAGE 2012:

AWARD WINNER – Bronze Medal – 2013 International Wine Challenge

*Vintages may vary from store to store and when delivered. Every effort is made to ensure the current vintage is displayed, however variations can occur.

 

  • Perfumed, seductive and expressive with ripe blackberry, cassis and light cedar flavours
  • A blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc from the Entre-Deux-Mers appellation

VINTAGE 2014:

AWARD WINNER – Silver Medal – 2015 Concours de Paris,Silver Medal – 2015 Concours de Lyon

VINTAGE 2012:

AWARD WINNER – Gold Medal – 2013 Concours Général Agricole de Paris, 3 Stars – Winestate, July/August 2014

VINTAGE 2011:

AWARD WINNER – 3½ Stars + Top 40 Best Value Buy – Winestate, July/August 2013

Vintages may vary from store to store and when delivered. Every effort is made to ensure the current vintage is displayed, however variations can occur.

 

Peter Mertes Gold Edition Mosel Riesling, $7.99

  • A delicious and classic Mosel Riesling from the home of Riesling in Germany
  • Well-balanced, mellow bound acidity and delicate nuances of kiwi and peach with drive and raciness
  • Ideal for fish dishes, asparagus or cheese platters

VINTAGE 2014:

Kaiora Bay Central Otago Reserve Pinot Noir

AWARD WINNER – Best Value Buy – Winestate, Annual Edition 2016

Vintages may vary from store to store and when delivered. Every effort is made to ensure the current vintage is displayed, however variations can occur.

  • Pure Central Otago magic with expression and charm
  • Medium colour with loads of spice, dark cherries and redcurrants
  • Deserves gamey foods such as Peking duck and crispy skin chicken

VINTAGE 2015:

AWARD WINNER – Bronze Medal – 2017 Melbourne International Wine Competition

VINTAGE 2014:

AWARD WINNER – Bronze Medal – 2015 New Zealand International Wine Show, Class 20

VINTAGE 2013:

AWARD WINNER – Bronze Medal – 2014 New Zealand International Wine Show

AWARD WINNER – Bronze Medal – 2014 Spiegelau International Wine Competition, Class 13a,.. 4 Stars – Winestate, November/December 2014

VINTAGE 2012:

AWARD WINNER – Bronze Medal – 2014 Spiegelau International Wine Competition, Class 13a,..4 Stars – Winestate, Annual Edition 2015 + 2016

Chianti Classico (Corte Carista) 2012 $9.99

 

  • Molto Buono” (very good) Chianti Classico.
  • A well proportioned wine that is elegant in body, combining dark berry and black cherry fruits and fresh spice flavours finishing with a smooth taste.
  • Food pairing: aged cold cuts, dark sauce pastas, BBQ, boiled meats with spicy sauces, fried vegetables.
  • Ageing potential is up to 4 years.

 

I often enjoy Aldi’s Tuscan import witH a Bowl of Past or slice Pizza,…as I find it “easy drinking” and as I prefer dryer style wines (without the excessive sugar found in many  Australian wines).The wine is made from the Sangiovese grape which is the dominant variety in Tuscan.It is medium bodied and has an earthy savoury character not to mention reminiscent of maraschino or sour macerated cherry flavours,..both in the bouquet and on the palate.The tannins are dry and pervasive and enhance the savoury and slightly rustic style of this wine ,…so if your after lashings of fruit and sugar (and a big headache!) forget it.It has the DOCG tag which is an Italian guarantee of quality.

Perhaps a trifling shortcoming,…is  that the Corks are the rather thin old style “crumbly type” ,…so be careful when extracting the cork to get it out in one piece to avoid the crumbs and dust of a dry cork. Considering the the very competitve price of this wine and the fact that it is of similar quality to wines costing at least 50% more (such as the Ruffino brand) then you realize “its a bit of a steal ,..as are many of the Aldi wines.” 

ALDI scoops a case of awards at the 2017 Melbourne International Wine Competition

Testimony to ALDI’s incredible value wines, ALDI has won a remarkable 12 awards at the 2017 Melbourne International Wine Competition. The judging body was comprised of a panel of experts, including top wine buyers and sommeliers, who complete a blind tasting to award the winners from over 1,100 wines from over 10 countries in more than 50 categories.

Delivering customers a range of exceptional quality wines is a priority for ALDI and they  were proud that their suppliers continue to produce accolade-winning blends, which are being recognised on the international award stage.

 

*Vintages may vary from store to store and when delivered. Every effort is made to ensure the current vintage is displayed, however variations can occur.

About the author

Aksel Ritenis

Publisher and Custodian of the Sydney Times