Just in time for Mother's Day, Aldi sent us through a selection of their wines for us to try out. They have a choice of red, white, rosé or sparkling on their shelves and we received two bottles of sparkling and two bottles of Rosé.
Both bottles of fizz really look the business so if you want some bubbles with real wow-factor thrown in for a special occasion, these are perfect. They look just like a bottle of expensive champagne but have a much more credit crunch-friendly price tag.
On the left is the Contevedo Cava Brut (£4.85 for 75cl) from Spain which has lovely fine bubbles and a crisp, fruity flavour. The tasting notes say that it has "fine and persistent bubbles with citrus and green apple aromas", as well as "a purity of fruit and a refreshing acidity". It is very nice on its own as an apéritif before the meal or at the end of the meal with dessert. Aldi recommend matching it with fish, savoury pastries, pasta or white meat dishes. It was Commended in the International Wine Challenge 2013 and won Bronze in the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013.
On the right is Valdobbiadene Prosecco Spumante DOCG from Italy (£7.29 for 75cl). This is another very nice glass of fizz, which seems a bit sharper than the Cava. It has a fruity apple-pear type flavour and a pleasant tingle on the tongue. This was Commended in the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards, won Silver in the International Wine Challenge 2013 and Bronze in the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013. I can see why.
Moving on to the rosé, on the left is the Spanish Toro Loco Rosé (£3.79 for 75ml) - I love the name which means Crazy Bull ! This has a lovely deep pink colour and a rich, fruity flavour that is reminiscent of red fruit - maybe raspberries and cherries. It can be drunk at room temperature but tastes even better chilled. Aldi's food match suggestion is with a light seafood salad, prawns or even a fruit salad. This was the What Food What Wine? winner in 2013 and was matched with Indian food, in particular Chicken Tikka Masala. It was also Commended in the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards and International Wine Challenge 2013 and won Bronze in the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013.
The final bottle is another Spanish rosé, the Grapevine rosé (£3.29 for 75cl). This has a similar vibrant pink colour and fruity flavour. It's crisp and slightly sweeter than the Toro Loco. The tasting notes mention "delicate floral aromas and ripe summer fruit flavours of strawberries, raspberries and pear".
They are all really good value for money and even Madhouse Daddy, who is a bit of a wine snob because he's French, had to agree with me that they are all really nice !
Disclosure : I received the product in order to write an honest review.
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