Aldi Kooliburra ChardonnayThe post-Budget price rise of 10 pence a bottle still hasn’t stopped Aldi’s Budavar Hungarian Chardonnay being the best tasting and best value supermarket white currently around: £3.29 for fruitily-fresh apple, pear and melon flavours with a bit of bubblegum thrown in is such stonking value that you’ll wonder why you have to pay any more. But if you want more choice then I’m afraid you’ll have to.

There are now very few wines in the £3.30 and under price bracket (The Chancellor saw to that a few weeks ago but there are a few still about and I'm planning a comprehensive review of them all) but if you’re prepared to pay up to £3.99 a bottle then the choice widens - particularly within Aldi’s recent introductions to its wine range.

Aldi Pinot GrigioSince August’s comprehensive review of Aldi wines the Kooliburra Australian range has been added, along with an up-date to the outside and inside of the popular everyday French slurper Côtes du Rhone. And quietly without any fuss the Capitello Sicilian Pinot Grigio has arrived - this last one is so good that I’m hoping the next up-date will turn Capitello into another mini Aldi range with an additional red and a rosé.

So what do they all taste like?

PG Aldi New Wine Review

Budavar Hungarian Chardonnay 2010


Bargain of the Week

Classic Chardonnay aromas of apple, grapefruit, melon and cucumber with more classic flavours to follow: apple, pear, melon and bubblegum. Really rather good.

Capitello Sicilian Pinot Grigio 2010


Almost Bargain of the Week

Because it’s medium-sweet this means it’ll match many foods. Flavours of apple, pear, bubblegum and lemon zest. Very good.

Aldi Cotes du RhoneCôtes du Rhone 2010


Pour this wine into a jug and leave it 10 minutes before you drink it to allow the fruit flavours to come through: blackcurrant, black cherry, plum and pear with a black coffee and Crunchie Bar sweet ending. Pretty good.

Kooliburra Australian Reserve Chardonnay 2011


Creamy lemon meringue pie and hazelnut flavours. Slurpable.

Kooliburra Australian Shiraz Cabernet 2011


You’ve got to like your reds spicy to like this one: sloe, plum, black olive and mixed cake spice flavours. All a bit of a mish-mash but not bad.

Aldi Kooliburra ShirazKooliburra Australian Reserve Shiraz 2011


Sweet cherry, plum and strawberry flavours with a bit of black pepper ground on top. Surprisingly quite light though.

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clock changeThe move into British Summer Time always leaves me time disorientated but by 7pm this evening I know my system will have accepted the change – I can now listen to The Archers and admire the colour of a glass of lightly chilled white wine without needing to put the light on.

cork and corkscrewSpring is sprung, the grass is ris – I wonder where the corkscrew is? Because I’ve spent all winter not using this archaic piece of machinery and opened bottles with just a flick of the wrist. Screwcaps make getting into a bottle of wine so easy that you wonder why some producers still stopper their products with small pieces of oak tree bark whose primary goal seems to be getting in the way of enjoying wine.

shamrock on glassIt's easy being green. So why not help the Irish along on Saint Patrick's Day next Saturday and pour out some naturally green grape refreshment.