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Aldi expands its fine wine offering with a range of rare bottles from top winemakers around the world
16 Feb 2017


Aldi is building on its reputation for offering outstanding quality wines at unbeatable prices, as it introduces a brand new collection of wines with a personal touch from top winemakers. Launching from 12th February both in store and online (aldi.co.uk), the range aims to support the retailer’s mission to open up the world of fine wine to shoppers without the hefty price tag to match.
 
The collection of twelve wines which cost under £8 each and form part of Aldi’s ‘Spring Wine Festival’ have been carefully curated by Aldi’s dedicated wine buying team and sourced from within the current supply base, giving trusted and long term suppliers the chance to showcase wines that have a personal or significant meaning to them.  Each wine comes with its very own personal story relating to its makers and journey from grape to glass such as the Mo Sisters Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon (£6.99). This tipple was made by renowned winemaker Bill Moularadellis, using grapes from a boutique vineyard that his daughters, the ‘Mo Sisters,’ bought with their savings. The Bonfleur Languedoc Reserve (£6.99) a lovely wine that was discovered in the cellars of a Chateau recently acquired by LaCheteau. Upon re-discovery it revealed itself to be dark and intense in colour with blackberry and spice aromas.
 
Tony Baines Joint Managing Director for Corporate Buying at Aldi, comments:  “There is a real appetite from our ever-growing customer base to try wines with a great story and provenance, providing the perfect excuse to introduce this exciting range.
 
“We pride ourselves on our close relationships with some of the world’s best suppliers and vineyards who have also helped us formulate our famous core collection. We want to ensure that we are bringing quality wines with great stories behind them - but without the hefty price tags”.
 
The launch of the ‘Spring Wine Festival’ follows Aldi’s most successful Christmas to date; the retailer sold  more than 13.5m bottles of wine, champagne and Prosecco in December alone.
 
The supermarket has also continued to outshine the competition and was named ‘Multiple Wine Retailer of the Year’ at this year’s Drinks Retailing Awards for the third consecutive year.
 
The Aldi Wine Festival collection will be available in stores nationwide from 12th February, with online shoppers able to buy a case of the entire collection at aldi.co.uk while stocks last.  Wines in the collection include:
 
BX Crémant de Bordeaux Rosé, £7.99
 
31 year old Charlotte Calvet, third generation of the expert winemaking Calvet family, adds a Crémant De Bordeaux Rosé blend to the ‘Spring Wine Festival’ collection. Made in the same way as Champagne but with an unusual blend of grapes, this fizz has fresh, floral notes and hints of strawberries; ideal as an aperitif or with an indulgent dessert.
 
 
Bonfleur Languedoc Reserve 2011, £6.99
 
From the winemaking team who work with Aldi to create the popular Vignobles Roussellet range comes the ‘forgotten’ Bonfleur Languedoc Reserve 2011.  The remarkable wine was recently rediscovered after being left to age – and was then forgotten - in the cellar of a Languedoc chateau, resulting in a delicious wine with intense colour and blackberry spice flavours.
 
 
Big Bill Red, £5.99
 
Big Bill Red is a bold and unusual blend of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes. Packing a punch, with big, fruity flavours, hints of peppery spice and dark chocolate notes, the bottle is named in honour of William ‘Big Bill’ Millar, a South African boxing champion, war hero and Springbok rugby captain.
 
 
Mo Sisters Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, £6.99
 
The beautifully crafted boutique Mo Sisters Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon was made by the renowned Bill Moularadellis using grapes from a boutique vineyard that his daughters, the ‘Mo Sisters,’ bought with their savings.  A smooth red with lavish, rich blackcurrant, mint and subtle vanilla oak flavours, this wine is great with red meats, cheese or chocolate.
 
 
Rachelsfontein Chenin Blanc £5.99
 
Rachelsfontein Chenin Blanc was named after Rachelsfontein - a perennial water spring found on the famous Bochendal Estate. Winemaker Lizelle Gerber often walks to Rachelsfontein to relax and reflect on her day, and the beauty of the area in which she works - as such it was the perfect choice for the name of this wine made from her favourite grape, Chenin Blanc.
 
 
El Mayoral £6.99
 
El Mayoral – or the Forman as it’s otherwise known -  is made from Monastrell and Petiti Verdot grapes and really is the essense of Jumilla - a sun-drenched region in Spain's southeast. It’s a deep cherry red with sophisticated aromas of blackberries, soft juicy tannins and long lasting finish.
 
 
Survivor Generation £5.99
 
Rich, dark and brooding with a big savoury heart, this wonderful South African Shiraz Mourvedre was given its unusual name, Survivor Generation, in honour of a very brave cow who jumped from a moving cattle truck. It’s a powerful wine with dark berry-fruit flavours with a lovely savoury earthiness.
 
 
The Little Princess £4.99
 
According to Hungarian legend, a princess drank a glass of this wine and never aged. The Little Princess is a wonderfully crisp, off-dry white, bursting with fresh aromas of green apples and tropical fruits. The wine was given the royal-inspired name because the indigenous grape variety used to make the wine, Királyleányka, means Little Princess in Hungarian.
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