Wine Note Sept 23
‘The Falls’ Canadian Riesling (Aldi £4.99)
This wine comes from Niagara, Ontario, hence ‘The Falls’. And, in case you’re in any doubt about its origin, just look at the picture on the label.
It has a delicate floral/lime/lemon nose. The wine is off-dry but the sugar is balanced by typical Riesling acidity leading to a long finish. It’s made by Henry of Pelham, a well-known producer, and it’s only 11% alcohol. Doesn’t all that tick lots of ‘Indian summer wine’ boxes?
It was introduced to Aldi a couple of years ago at £9.99. Recently it’s been offered at £6.49 and now it’s only £4.99. Why is it so cheap ? Low sales due to fear of the unknown, I suspect. The combination of Riesling and Canada is way off the beaten track for supermarket shoppers used to the well-trodden path of Prosecco and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
Don’t hesitate – it’s a bargain.
John Freeland (u3a Wine Tasting Group)