One of the rare criticisms that I receive about this website (email me your criticisms FWIW) is around price. Specifically, I bang on way too much about expensive wines, and ignore sub $20 drinks.
Let’s address that today.
A swag of Aldi-exclusive sampes has landed on the Australian Wine Review tasting bench in recent weeks, and two wines, in particular have shone like diamonds – and they both sell for $11.99.
Given who is behind this wine (crafted by the duo of Rory Lane from The Story Wines at the winery he shares with Matthew East from Rouleur Wines) – I’m not surprised. Two talented winemakers. I don’t know which of the pair had a hand in this, but sheesh they are well made.
Honestly, you could pay double these prices and get the same quality wine…
Eastern Laneway Shiraz 2021
Grampians Shiraz at this price? Sheesh. From an organically farmed vineyard just outside of Great Western. Authentic Grampians nose – plum essence and black pepper. It’s only just medium-bodied, with minimal oak and all fruit. Vivid purple fruit and actual tannins. It lacks a little concentration, but the purple fruit on this is just so vivid and bright. Regional, varietal, and just good accessible Shiraz drinking.
Best drinking: nowish. 17/20, 90/100. 14%, $11.99. Would I buy it? Worth a few glasses.
Eastern Laneway Nero d’Avola 2021
From a block at Euston (which I’m assuming is the old Chalmers Vineyard) in the Murray Darling. Wild ferment, some whole bunches. Again, a lot of wine (and winemaking) for this price. Jubey red fruit is the king here, as it should be. A hint of rose water, the mid palate easy and round with a puckering, tang to the finish. Absolutely bang on, light Nero. It’s not profound, but the clarity of black and red fruit is very satisfying for $11.99.
Best drinking: nowish. 16.8/20, 89/100. 13.9% $11.99. Would I buy it? Worth a few glasses.