Everything you’ve ever suspected about wine snobs has just been validated, as a $5 bottle of rosé has cleaned up at the Sydney International Wine Competition.
Drops worth ten times as much were made to look like absolute chumps as Aldi out-performed them with its $5 2015 South Point rosé, which was among six winners in the rosé section and was also awarded a coveted Blue Gold medal.
Aldi also picked up gongs for its $12.99 Tudor shiraz, which was named Australia’s Best Lighter Bodied Dry Red, and its Blackstone Paddock “The Player” Barossa shiraz, which goes for the relatively princely sum of $14.99.
This isn’t an ‘every child gets a prize’ scenario, either — of 1812 entrants across 100 grape varieties and blends, just 269 were awarded medals.
Aldi was certainly the most unlikely winner, but the most successful winery in this year’s competition was New Zealand’s Yealands Wine Group, which now boasts seven medal winning wines costing under $15 a bottle.
Here, then, for your frugal consideration, are the top wines in the Sydney International Wine Competition for under $15:
- BLUE-GOLD Aldi Stores South Point Estate rose 2015 $4.99
- BLUE-GOLD De Bortoli Wines Family Vineyards Bianco 2014 $10
- BLUE-GOLD James Busby Fine Wines Chalkboard Cotes Du Rhone 2013 $10
- TOP 100 Seifried Estate Old Coach Road Nelson sauvignon blanc 2015 $11.83
- TOP 100 Yealands Wine Group Silverfern pinot noir 2014 $12.73
- TROPHY ALDI Stores Tudor Central Victorian shiraz 2014 $12.99
- GOLD Lindauer, Wither Hills Lindauer Classic Brut NV $12.99
- GOLD Yealands Wine Group Peter Yealands PGR 2015 $13.64
- TOP 100 Yealands Wine Group Peter Yealands Pinot gris 2015 $13.64
- BLUE-GOLD Yealands Wine Group Peter Yealands sauvignon blanc 2015 $13.64