Enter The Exquisite Collection…
This is Aldi’s new premium range – the equivalent of Tesco’s Finest* (don’t forget the asterisk!); Morrisons’ The Best; Asda’s Extra Special and Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference. Maybe some of the better names had gone but I’m afraid the title of the new range makes me cringe a little. However, after taking a sip of wine and checking my till receipt, I’m prepared to forgive the nomenclature – and I think you will too.
The Exquisite Collection Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2011 is my stand-out wine of the first series – a petite range of seven. A pale lemon green colour in the glass, it has trademark gooseberry aromas along with an attractive leafy, green bean streak. It tastes of gooseberry and lime zest. This wine has typical Sauv Blanc zingy acidity but it’s not too harsh – no sucking a lemon here. If you like the more tropical, passion-fruit laden Kiwi Sauv Blanc’s then this product of the Loire Valley will taste different. At £4.99 you can afford to give it a go!
W.O.W. Factor 7.5
A former colleague remarked that I seem to be a little bit in thrall to Aldi’s wines as I review them favourably. That’s a fair point in a way. I do like the smaller, focused range containing good wines at great prices - although I try to be objective.
Anyway, my second favourite in the new range is The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011. It has typical blackcurrant aromas. Flavour-wise, I got blackcurrants and spicy plums and a cedary finish. The tannins are really smooth and although the alcohol level is 14%, it isn’t a huge Aussie blockbuster. Like its sibling Sauv Blanc it has good lingering flavours. It’s a little more expensive but still good value at £6.49.
W.O.W. Factor 7
So in brief summary – really good wines; shame about the name.
P.S. If you are taking a trip to Aldi then consider picking up your Christmas fizz too. Their Champagne Grand Cru NV is really excellent. It’s £22.99 but super value. Toasty and honeyed baked apple flavours. Yum!