Last week we were invited to The Aldi Wine Lover’s Sale in the Cliff Town House on St. Stephen’s Green, to sample and taste their latest offerings. With a selection of sparkling, white, rose and red, the wines are the perfect match for an August Bank Holiday BBQ. All the wines are available from their 129 stores nationwide from tomorrow, 3rd August.
There were five offerings here including an interesting Shiraz sparkling. Two of note, firstly the Goldeck Sparkling Gruner Veltliner from Austria at €14.99. Soft notes and light fruit, an enjoyable summer sparkling. The second was the Louisvale Cap Classique Sparkling Chardonnay from South Africa at €17.99, a traditional champagne style with light acidity, an interesting alternative to the French original.
Recommended Buy: Louisvale Cap Classique Sparkling Chardonnay – €17.99
Again five offerings here with some interesting central European wines from Germany, Hungary and Romania. The Nonius Chardonnay Feteasca 2016 from Romania at €7.99 is an ideal BBQ Chardonnay, light with some fruit, to be enjoyed in the sun! The other of note, though not to our pallet was the Peter Mertes Gold Edition Mosel Riesling from Germany at €7.99. A more traditional German sweeter Riesling, sure to be a hit with lovers of this style.
Recommended Buy: Nonius Chardonnay Feteasca – €7.99
They only had one offering here, the Fleurs de Prairie Cotes de Provence Rose from France at €9.99. A traditional French Rose, serve well chilled while dining al fresco and it will go down very well. The bottle design alone is worth a purchase and it makes a great gift. You could reuse the bottle as a vase or candle holder as it’s so pretty.
Recommended Buy: Fleurs de Prairie Cotes de Provence Rose – €9.99
The reds as you can see from the picture at the top were the most plentiful with ten to taste on the day. An interesting mix from all over the world, these were the ones we spent the most time with. There is huge choice based on your mood and preference.
Three highlights from Germany, Chile and Spain. The first Black Star from Germany at €9.99 is a strong hardy blend. A divisive wine, I think people will love it or hate it. If you like Malbec and strong new world wine’s, decant it, put some meat on the BBQ and enjoy! The second was Amigo Secreto Syrah-Carignan from Chile at €9.99. An organic Corbiere style it would provide a lighter option to the Black Star, but still with some body and another good match for your BBQ meats.
The third was El Casetero Old Vines Garnacha from Spain at €9.99, this was the stand out wine of the event in our opinion. Old vines, such as in Spain and California can provide some interesting complex wines, bottled with a little age and a hint of oak. This is one of those , and a great find. At the price point it is a bargain and would challenge many others from your favourite wine shop at a higher price point (€14.99-€19.99).
Recommended Buy: El Casetero old Vines Garnacha – €9.99