Friday, 24 May 2013

The Aldi Exquisite Collection. New World vs Old World Wine.

I'm no Robert Parker, I cannot claim any specialist wine knowledge whatsoever, I'm just an amateur enthusiast who just likes to drink the stuff. I am slowly working my way through the Aldi Exquisite Wine Collection. Here I taste two reds, one from the new world one from the old. They are not really comparable in any way, not the same grape or style, but they are comparable in one way: I've got £6 to spend on a bottle of red in Aldi. Where do I spend it?



The Exquisite Collection Fleurie 2010.
This wine is apparently from one of the top ten Beaujolais Cru's. But I don't really care about that. What's it actually taste like? It's ripe and savoury with red brambly fruits and soft tannins. I expected it to be more floral as a Fleurie would normally indicate. I liked it, I just didn't love it.
7/10
Region: Beaujolais, France.
Grapes: Gamay.
Price: £5.99.
ABV: 13.0%.
Closure: Screwcap.

The Exquisite Collection Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.
At my price range, I often go for new world wines, maybe I just have an immature palate, but I like wines like this that taste like concentrated blackcurrant juice! For me, there's no comparison between this and the previous French one. This is my favourite sort of wine; soft plummy and luscious but with that strong fruity flavour intensity kick. It's big, bold and Aussie, I loved it!
8.5/10
Region: Clare Valley  Australia.
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon.
Price: £6.49
ABV: 13.5%
Closure: Screwcap.



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