Aldi Wine Club Taster

Aldiwineclub logoThis Month I have been lucky enough to be selected as an Aldi Wine Club Taster. This involves, in their words ‘ Every three months, we’ll be selecting 30 budding sommeliers to join the panel. If you’re chosen, each month for three months, we’ll send you two delicious wines to taste from our range and you’ll be tasked with reviewing each via a 140 character tweet using the dedicated #AldiWineClub hashtag.

Along with the wines, we’ll also send you a selection of tasting notes to help guide you through your wine tasting journey, as well as handy hints and tips to help you with your monthly reviews.’
I’m no stranger to Aldi wines and have been enjoying them now for a while and on the whole it’s been a pleasurable experience so I was excited to receive the first couple of wines. They arrived well packaged and protected and when opened I found a French Malbec and a Australian Rose, a good start.
The Malbec was a Vignobles Roussellet and the rosé was a Kooliburra from south eastern Australia.
So here are my thoughts in a bit more detail as it’s very hard to limit your review into a 140 character tweet.
Aldi MalbecVignobles Roussellet Malbec    My Rating 8/10 Corks
This is a cracking wine and at £4.39 a bottle a real genuine bargain . A French Malbec (with a touch of Merlot) with no vintage on the label, bursting with juicy blackberries,  blueberries, hint of spice, some sweetness and a little gamey. This is a uncompletcated easy drinking Malbec that is a Decanter Bronze medal winner and an International Wine Challenge winner in 2014 and for a change a wine that lives up to its awards especially considering the price.
Kooliburra Rosé    My Rating 7/10 Corks
I admit to not drinking a lot of rosé but every now and then I come across one that is pleasant enough and this falls into that category. This is a bottle from South Eastern Australia, again no vintage Quite a darkish salmon pink colour with aromas of Summer fruits especially strawberries and raspberries.
The strawberries follow through on the palate with a hint of creaminess, nice texture with a sweetness but not overly sweet or cloying.
Well chilled on a summers day this may well convert non rosé drinkers, I thought is was pretty good and so did everyone else around the table who tasted it.

2 thoughts on “Aldi Wine Club Taster

  1. Hi Dave,

    What do you know – I’m on this month’s Aldi panel too! (My review to follow shortly, after Easter’s passed).

    I must say I agree with the Malbec – for a sub £5 NV Vin de France red, it hits all the right points and is difficult to fault. However, I thought the Kooliburra Rosé was a pretty poor effort. True, I’m not the world’s biggest rosé fan, but I just found it to be flat, flavourless and unbalanced. I think it would come into its own with a light fruit dessert, but to be honest that was the only redeeming quality in my eyes.

    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the next two!



    1. Hi Tom,
      Great to be on the panel, I’m a big fan of Aldi wines in general although the nearest store is about 8/9 miles away, not exactly local.
      The Malbec I have tasted before a few times and it always delivers, I thought the Rosé was ok to good, nothing spectacular but then it’s only £3.79. I quite liked the texture and taste I have tasted a lot worse for much more money. Seems like its a big hit looking at the online reviews but rosé wine will always come low on my list of purchases, would I drink this again? I wouldn’t turn it down if offered put it that way.
      Roll on the next wines !!


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