First I tried the Primitivo Pugila 2010.
I bought this Extra Special Puglian Primitivo as it was only £5 from £7. (I actually trust Asda more than Tesco that this wasn't a 'fake' bargain.)
It's not a fine wine for a special occasion it's just great for glugging on a Saturday night. It was exactly the wine I had in mind to go with pizza or pasta. It's sweet, dark cherry and rich ripe blackcurrent. It has very soft tannins, and is a bargain no frills Italian at just £5 right now.
The next wine is not a million miles away, despite it being a new world wine, as it's another soft easy drinking bottle, the Extra Special Malbec Mendoza 2012 (£6.48).
It is a lovely soft velvety juicy affair, and another one that I enjoyed with pasta. It's like ripe berries in a bag picked on a hot summers day. It may be overly ripe for some, but I enjoy this style very much. It's apparently made by Trivento, the Argentine arm of Concha y Toro, and it shows. They have adopted this grape in Argentina, and I've not drunk a bad one yet.
Excellent, though I still preferred the Aldi one.
So a big thumbs up in general for the Asda Extra Special range from me. They're no frills everyday drinking wines and provide excellent value for money.