I was underwhelmed by two recently tasted, fairly pricey Costco-procured wines, so thought for my next adventure into supermarketland I’d try Aldi, another import into the UK. At £5.99, this Rioja Reserva was the most expensive wine on offer at the Chester-le-Street branch of this brutally efficient supermarket chain.
While not a £50 wine in disguise, this drinks very well and in most respects was more enjoyable than either Costco wine. The aroma is settled and integrated, with calm notes of spice, strawberry, vanilla oak, savoury fruits and some bacon fat. It is expressive and well balanced, showing enough complexity to satisfy without being overtly challenging.
More of the same on the palate, showing a very clean flavour profile and firm acid. The interplay of sweet and savoury is especially enjoyable here, with fruit pulling in both directions, playing out primarily on the middle palate. Despite the interest in its fruit, it’s not a fruit-forward wine, and there’s pleasing restraint in all respects here. The downside of this is an intensity of flavour that could be greater. Other flavours, including a nice snapped twig note, continue on to a finish that is lightly touched by fine tannins.
For the price, this is quite excellent and a wine I’d be happy to buy again.
I bought a bottle of Rioja Baron Amarillo from a shop and when I opened it I thought wow that is lovely…. so had a good read and it was an Aldi wine ( didn’t buy it in Aldi) and it was marked at half price £8.99… so most unhappy that I could of gone to Aldi and bought it for £5.99… makes me wonder if shop I got it from was underhand????
If anyone knows where I can buy this in Melbourne Australia, PLEASE tell me. I was given a bottle of it and I really like it, despite not generally liking red. It’s good stuff!
Hi Cat. I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but that wonderful took a it’s at aldi stores in Melbourne now. I’ve seen it in Sydney Rd Brunswick but I assume it’s at other stores also. Cheers,Antigone
Cat, it is available in any Aldi and next week they are having a Spanish Red Wine promotion. It is a good wine ….agreed.