Due to popular demand, the above handbag-sized half-bottles (sized at 37.5cl and marketed as “weekday friendly”) have been added to the Aldi Wine selection.
I think this is a smart move by the bargain retailer; they’re clearly listening to their customers’ feedback. I was in Portugal last week and they have a far greater selection of half-bottle wines in the supermarkets over there, compared to the UK. And half-bottles appeal to me for several, pretty obvious, reasons.
- You can try two different wines for the price of one.
- It’s cheap and convenient for cooking/slurping-while-cooking.
- It saves couples from arguing/divorcing if one wants white and the other red with dinner.
- For midweek drinking, often a whole bottle’s too much and a miniature is too… miniature.
The first varieties they’re rolling out in this size are from Cramele Recas, Romania’s largest winery, priced at £2.99 each. The come in 2017 Malbec, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir varieties — neatly spreading themselves across the spectrum from featherweight to full-bodied.
I’ve tried the Pinot Grigio and the Pinot Noir, and the good news is… they’re both genuinely great value wines. The Noir is light but earthy with smells of mulchy leaves and cherry, plus some (but not too much) oaky flavours. The Grigio is particularly good, with rich honey and stone fruit flavours. It has much more body than most of the light, bland Italian Pinot Grigios you get at this price range. In fact, it has more in common with a Pinot Gris or even a Chardonnay.
Which three do you reckon they’ll bring out next? My money’s on Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and a Zinfandel rosé. What I’d LOVE to see, however, is mid-priced white Burgundy, Napa Valley or Stellenbosch Chardonnay; a Rhone Valley GSM blend; and a smokey Austrian Blaufränkisch. Maybe one day.
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Half-sized Malbec, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir from Aldi. 37.5cl, 2017, £2.99.