Aldi’s Christmas wine range given the thumbs up from judges at prestigious wine competition with 19 of 20 wines entered being awarded medals
- Two Australian pudding wines secure top gongs, with Aldi’s Berton Vineyards Botrytis Semillon beating competition that retails at DOUBLE its price.
(2nd November 2017, UK) Discount supermarket Aldi has impressed wine experts yet again, securing 19 medals at the recent International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) – including a Gold medal for its Sumptuously Rich Pudding Wine (£8.99) and a Silver Outstanding medal for its Berton Vineyards Botrytis Semillon (£5.99).
The retailer’s Sumptuously Rich Pudding Wine (£8.99) caught the judges’ attention in a series of blind taste tests with its decadent flavours of raisins, figs, dates, toffee and caramel and was awarded the top gong.
Also given the nod of approval with a Silver Outstanding medal was Aldi’s Berton Vineyards Botrytis Semillon (£5.99), to continue its award-winning streak having collected medals at the IWC and IWSC previously. Beating the Valdivieso Eclat Botrytis Semillon (£12.20), a wine double the price, Aldi’s sweet wine was recognised for its richness and intense aromas of baked apple, pear and honey, typical of a wine made from grapes that undergo a natural process known as botrytis.
Botrytis cinerea, often referred to as ‘Noble Rot’, is a natural fungus that appears on grapes when drier conditions follow wetter, and can result in distinctive sweet dessert wines. Unknown to many wine drinkers however, this complex process is not unusual and many well-known wines including Aldi’s Chateau de Myrat Sauternes dessert wine from Bordeaux, and its Five Star Tokaji Aszu from Hungary are also made in this method.
Typically served with dessert or as an after dinner treat, dessert wines are set to be on everyone’s dining tables in the coming months, as shoppers seek to add that extra special something to their basket during the festive season.
Aldi’s upmarket Christmas range starts at just £3.99 and includes IWSC Silver medal winners; Exquisite Collection Argentinian Malbec (75cl £6.29 / magnum £12.99), Exquisite Collection Limestone Coast Chardonnay (£5.79) and Freeman’s Bay Pinot Gris (£5.69).
Julie Ashfield, Joint Managing Director of Corporate Buying at Aldi, said: “We are extremely proud to have received a Gold medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition, one of the world’s most respected awarding bodies.”
“Christmas is a time when we know our shoppers like to treat their friends and family, and at Aldi we’re committed to making these treats affordable and opening up the wonderful world of Aldi wine to all. Our talented buying teams have incredibly close supplier relationships with some of the world’s best beer, wine and spirit makers and this means that we can consistently bring our shoppers world class, award-winning products at pocket friendly prices.”
The latest announcement takes Aldi’s medal count to 189 for its beers, wines and spirits range in 2017 alone. The supermarket was also crowned ‘Multiple Wine Retailer of the Year’ at the Drinks Retailing Awards and ‘Drinks Retailer of the Year’ at the Drinks Business Awards.
The full list of IWSC Southern Hemisphere award-winning Aldi wines is as follows:
De Bortoli Sumptuously Rich Pudding Wine
Berton Vineyards Botrytis Semillon
Dumgree Station Small Parcel Sauvignon Blanc
Exquisite Collection Argentinian Malbec
Don Tomas Argentinian Estate Malbec
Exquisite Limestone Coast Chardonnay
Freeman’s Bay Pinot Gris
Finca La Pampa Barrel Selected Pinot Noir
Exquisite Collection New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
Exquisite Collection Leyda Sauvignon Blanc
Leaf Plucker Sauvignon Blanc
Exquisite Collection South Australia Shiraz
Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Riesling
Iron Horse Barossa Shiraz
Te Rakau Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay
Te Rakau Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Merlot
80 Acres Cabernet Shiraz Merlot
80 Acres Shiraz
Estevez Cabernet Carmenere
All of Aldi’s award winning wines are available to view here: https://www.aldi.co.uk/award-winning-wine