John Wilson: Classic wines from Down Under for less than €10 at Aldi
Wines for the Weekend: French imports right at home in the southern hemisphere
Wines for the Weekend: Aldi’s Freeman’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc and Kooliburra Bin 20 Shiraz
Two more modern classics from Down Under this week, with a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and a Shiraz from Australia, both from Aldi. Sauvignon originated in the Loire Valley, where it is used to make Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, among other wines. Shiraz, aka Syrah, is from the Northern Rhône, where it provides grapes for Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. Both have found a very happy home in the southern hemisphere, where they are responsible for some very high-quality wines.
Specially Selected Freeman’s Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020, €9.49
Fresh and aromatic, with textured mango, peach and zesty lime fruits. Sip this on its own or alongside salads, aromatic prawn curries or pasta with feta cheese.
Specially Selected Kooliburra Bin 20 Shiraz 2019, South Australia, €7.99
Ripe, rich and rounded, with smooth dark fruits and hints of chocolate. Try this with a warming winter beef stew or barbecued rib-eye steak.