With most of their higher-grade stock found online these days, it’s been a while since I’ve plucked an Aldi wine off the shelf. Most of the bottles at my local branch cost about four quid, and I do value my optic nerves.
But this award-winning blend, from the beautiful slopes of northern Portugal’s Douro Valley, inspired me to set my quilled pen to paper.
Made from the little-known (in the UK, anyway) Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca grapes, and aged for a year in oak barrels, this wine kicks out soft and fruity aromas of blackcurrant and vanilla, with a touch of damson chucked into the mix. There’s also a distinctly rich and raisiny flavour in there, reminiscent of a drier port or Madeira. And this shouldn’t come as a surprise, with Douro being so well known for its port production.
I’ve often found Aldi’s reds a bit… industrial tasting in the past, so I’m pleased to be able to recommend this bold and juicy, great value wine.
It also marched off with bronze medals at Decanter magazine’s DWWA awards and the IWC (International Wine Challenge) awards, so you don’t have to just take my word for it.
4.5 NINJA STARS
Aldi Gloria Douro Reserva 2017: 13.5% volume, £7.99