Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon


The most widely available wine in the UK? It must be at least a contender, and probably one of the best selling too. My first encounter with it was over ten years ago, and its moreishness secured it a place in my mental list of ‘old favourites’. And although this makes me a victim of marketing, I will admit to … Read More

Tom BradfordCasillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon

Aldi Exquisite Collection Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir


Wineontrial loved Aldi’s Pinot Noir last year. So much so that we took the unusual step of trying it again. But what we didn’t notice, at least not at first, is that it’s no longer sourced from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. “So what?” cries the casual drinker! Well, Marlborough is on the South Island, many parts of which … Read More

Tom BradfordAldi Exquisite Collection Hawkes Bay Pinot Noir

Estevez Cabernet Carmenère Syrah (Aldi)

Estevez Cab

All £5 wines fall into one of two categories. Category A – by far the biggest category – rubbish – will make you wish you’d paid a bit more. Category B – OK – might still make you wish you’d paid a bit more. This is the perceived wisdom anyway. I went along with that ‘wisdom’ until the other day, … Read More

Tom BradfordEstevez Cabernet Carmenère Syrah (Aldi)

The Exquisite Collection – Chianti Classico Riserva (Aldi)

Aldi Chianti

No, it won’t go nicely with liver and fava beans. It would be a terrible match. And seriously, who takes their food and wine pairing advice from a cannibal anyway? As poor as that recommendation may have been, that line is so famous that despite its age, it’s probably still a boost to the Chianti ‘brand’. A very welcome boost too, … Read More

Tom BradfordThe Exquisite Collection – Chianti Classico Riserva (Aldi)

Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2010 (Majestic)

RM Nicholson 2010

Hopefully this wine fact isn’t too tired yet: Cabernet Sauvignon is now the most planted grape variety in the world. It’s so widespread and so common, that it’s easy to forget about its roots, which lie in the Bordeaux region, and more specifically, in an intimate encounter between some Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc vines. You might have guessed that I’m telling … Read More

Tom BradfordRustenberg RM Nicholson 2010 (Majestic)

The Exquisite Collection – Anjou (Aldi)

People listen to wineontrial. I’ve seen evidence of this before, and just after I’d bemoaned the lack of Loire reds available in the UK (see review of Waitrose’s ‘Les Nivieres Saumur’ in February 2014), Aldi provide this offering. And at a price of £5.99, a punt just had to be taken.   A direct comparison between Waitrose’s Saumur and Aldi’s … Read More

Tom BradfordThe Exquisite Collection – Anjou (Aldi)

Toro Loco Tempranillo (Aldi)

Toro Loco Tempranillo (Aldi)

The name means ‘Crazy Bull’ and well, you would have to be crazy to believe that a £3.79 wine could be any good. Wouldn’t you? If there is any region of Spain that could produce a credible red wine at this price, it’s going to be the area around Valencia. Last year’s review of Las Falleras talked about that region’s … Read More

Tom BradfordToro Loco Tempranillo (Aldi)

The Venturer Series – Costieres de Nimes (Aldi)

Ventruer costieres

Another brave move by Aldi. How many people buy a wine when the words on the label mean absolutely nothing to them? Well, they’ll often be missing out, and I guess Aldi hope they might realise that. Costieres de Nimes is a small region to the South-West of the Rhone region. There’s a debate to be had about whether it’s … Read More

Tom BradfordThe Venturer Series – Costieres de Nimes (Aldi)

The Exquisite Collection – New Zealand Pinot Noir (Aldi)

You could be forgiven for forgetting that Sauvignon Blanc isn’t the only grape variety grown in New Zealand. Walk into any supermarket, or even off licence, and you’re virtually guaranteed a choice of brands, if New Zealand Sauvignon is what you had in mind. Shame that we don’t get more regular offerings of the very reputable reds of the Hawke’s … Read More

Tom BradfordThe Exquisite Collection – New Zealand Pinot Noir (Aldi)

Portillo Malbec Bodegas Salentein (Majestic)


Argentine Malbec is not without an army of fans. The Argentinians took this grape, native to the area around Cahors, near Bordeaux, and left the winemakers of Cahors wondering how to match their standards. The opulence, richness and charm of well made Malbecs leave me puzzled about just one thing. Why isn’t the army of fans even bigger? Enough time … Read More

Tom BradfordPortillo Malbec Bodegas Salentein (Majestic)