Well I doubt this will come as a surprise but I love wine. I never used to, but over the last couple of years it has been my drink of choice more and more and over the last 12 months I have even started to enjoy a glass or red which prior to that I could never understand why anyone drank the stuff. I’m not overly fussy with my wine but I do tent to avoid the really cheap stuff and choose to buy the more pricey bottles when they’re on offer instead. I’ve mentioned before that we usually shop in Aldi and how we find it really good value for money and absolutely love the randomness that is that third isle but we don’t tend to buy our wine from here and instead go for specific brands or vineyards that we know and love, so when Aldi asked if I wanted to try some of their new wines I was reluctant to do so in fear of having to write a bad review because as always I promise to be honest in what I say about brands and products.
Aldi agreed to send me 3 bottles, one red, one white and one rose and my husband and I decided to take them camping with us to try.
Fleur de Prairie Côtes de Provence Rosé 2017 (£7.29, 75cl)
First up is the Rose wine which will be available in stores and online from 9th July for 37.29. This is a lovely looking wine and is presented in a beautifully elegant bottle, which would make a great gift or would look good if taken to a party or summer BBQ. It is made with hints of red fruits balanced with citrus and white peach and is a sweet rose and absolutely lovely. It is my new favourite Rose and I will definitely be buying it again. My husband said it was a bit sweet for him after one glass but it you like sweet Rose then you must give this a try. It does come with a cork bottle so make sure you pack a cork screw if you are taking this on a picnic.
Animus Douro DOC 2016 (£4.99, 75cl)
The second bottle we tried was the Animus Douro Red wine which is available in stores and online now. We usually opt for a Malbec when buying red wine so we definitely wouldn’t have tried this if they hadn’t sent it over. It is made using a combination of three indigenous Portuguese grapes from the Douro valley – Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, and is gluten-free. It is described as being delicate and complex with a warm, red fruit aroma and a hint of spice. I would describe it as full of fruity flavours, light and easy to drink, both my husband and I really enjoyed it and again would probably but it again.
Exquisite Collection Western Australia Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (£5.99, 75cl)
The third bottle we were sent was a white wine which will be available in stores and online from 9th July. This again was most enjoyable and would be best enjoyed on a long summers evening when trying to relax after the kids have finally given up and gone to sleep. It has the aromas of gooseberry, herbs and lime and the tastes of tropical and citrus fruits.
Although we enjoyed all three of the wines we were sent my favourite was the Rose and my husbands was the red and we will certainly be buying them again once they come into stock over summer. Having had the chance to try some of these “cheaper” wines I would now certainly try a few more of the wines that Aldi have in store or online when we do are shopping as I was more than a little impressed with the taste and the quality.
(I was sent three bottles of wine in exchange for this review but all opinions are my own.)