Aldi shopper shares three red wines to buy at supermarket that 'deliver more than a cargo ship'

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As you browse through the wine shelves at Aldi, you might be unsure whether to opt for popular brands or try out an unfamiliar label.

Thankfully, wine specialist Luke Flunder shares some top tips on lesser-known wines that are perfect accompaniments for barbecues. While Bordeaux is usually synonymous with good quality, he claims that there are other wines at the budget supermarket that offer better value for money.

With years of experience under his belt and a sizeable following on social media platforms, he explains why a Malbec should possess "a purple glow" and "coat your mouth like a chocolate bar", also pinpointing a few that do just that.

No need to splurge either as all wines recommended by Luke cost more than £10, Wales Online reports. In fact, he claims that three particular options really deliver on flavour.

Luke shares his wine reviews from around the globe via TikTok videos and also assists viewers in choosing, what he believes to be, the best picks from Aldi. He points out that finding bargains from well-known regions does not necessarily guarantee the most satisfying glass of wine for the price.

During his Aldi tour, which he shared in a video, Luke made some recommendations. According to him, "there are three wines from Aldi that deliver more than a cargo ship" and they're all priced below £10.

They include the Specially Selected Ventoux Rouge (£8.49), Animus Douro Reserva (£6.99), and Primitivo di Manduria (£9.99).

The wine connoisseur shared his thoughts on the selection: "Ventoux is from a region not far from Chateauneuf-du-Pape and has similar qualities. Bang it with your burger.

"Animus Douro Reserva is plump and ripe. Primitivo di Manduria has a slightly sweet edge that's going to bring out all that butane burner's goodness."

Discussing other wines, Luke reveals his buying strategy, which may surprise some. "This is what goes through my mind when I am buying wines from somewehere like Aldi," says Luke, holding up a bottle of Bordeaux.

"I avoid low priced wines from big, notorious regions, They are just going to be very generic, in my opinion. So, instead I am looking at wines from regions not we associate with value, but the higher priced option. So this Primitivo di Manduria (£9.99) fits the bill for that exactly."

"Number two, I am going for grapes or regions I have never heard of before, because I think the wine buyers are going to pay a bit more attention to details to make those choices work. Finally I am going for grapes that aren't associated with that country or region.... you are thinking again that the wine buyer has had to choose that extra carefully."

Luke has also shared additional advice on what to look for when purchasing Malbec from Aldi - or any other retailer. He details the appearance and flavour profiles that one should expect.

Regarding the Trivento Private Reserve from Aldi, he comments: "Does it have a purple glow to it? Unfortunately not. Does it coat your mouth like a chocolate bar? It does more than the normal Trivento but really lacking in body."

"A good Malbec should have a purple glow to it. A good Malbec should coat your mouth like a chocolate bar."

So, there you go. You now know why some wines should give you that chocolatey mouthfeel and why a hefty price tag and renowned regions don't always guarantee superiority.

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