I’ve been critical of some Aldi reds in the past, but this Italian number leapt off the shelf at me, with its sexy black, individually-numbered, wax-sealed bottle.
The label doesn’t give much away, and I had to research it online to discover it’s made with Primitivo and Negroamaro grapes. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was hoping for big berry flavours, and that’s exactly what I got. This one really does put its fruit foot forward, with blackberry and cherry opening up to reveal subtle menthol on the nose, with smooth, sweet, rich chocolate on the tongue.
Its character reminded me of one of my favourite reds from last year, Dandelion Vineyards’ Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz. Except, this being Aldi, it’s about a fiver cheaper.
Outstanding value at eight quid then. The only snag I could see — the heavy, thick-glassed bottle makes you think there’s more left in it than there is. I was gutted when the last drop hit.
5 NINJA STARS
Aldi Grande Alberone Organic Red, 2015. 14% vol, £8.