This $18 ALDI wine beat $100 competition for top wine prize

Penny Burfitt
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

An $18 ALDI wine has taken out one of the most prestigious prizes at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show this year, and it nosed out competitors more than five times its price for the honour.

Looks like the next time you need a fancy drop to impress a date, or an impressive grape to serve up for dinner, you should look no further than your local ALDI shelves, and you can pay for it with a $20!

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Aldi has done it again with a budget wine taking out a coveted wine prize in South Australia. Photo: Getty Images

ALDI’s Blackstone Paddock Cabernet Sauvignon from the Margaret River was this year’s lucky winner of the wine show’s renowned Max Schubert AM Trophy for Most Outstanding Red Wine in Show.

The prestigious award is typically fetched by wines pricing well above the $50 mark, though last year went to a family-owned winery for a $35 bottle.

Aldi Blackstone Paddock Cabernet Sauvignon from the Margaret River $18 wins Best Red Adelaide Wine Show
The $18 Blackstone Paddock Cabernet Sauvignon from the Margaret River was awarded Best Wine in Show beating out expensive competition. Photo: Getty Images

The wine also took out the prize for Best Cabernet Sauvignon.

The budget supermarket chain is renowned for their budget prices on products that often rival, or in this case beat, high-end competitors.

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It wasn’t the only wine to receive some praise at the event this year, either.

An $8 bottle of white, the A.C. Byrne Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, took out a gold medal and was named the Best Sauvignon Blanc Semillon/Semillon Sauvignon Blanc of Show.

Aldi A.C. Byrne Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon award winner
The $7.99 A.C. Byrne Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon took out a few prizes as well. Photo: Supplied

Others to receive nods at wine shows this year included a $9 bottle of Venturer Series Riverina Durif 2019 and the Taylors Estate Special Release Clare Valley Shiraz 2018 which took out a staggering three gold medals and a trophy and can be picked up for just $15.

It’s not the first time the supermarket has turned industry heads, they won big at the Melbourne International Wine Competition in 2019 as well.

A $5.99 wine from Sicily won gold, a $6.99 pinot grigio won Pinot Grigio of the year and a double gold medal.

It’s not just vino that gets customers excited however, they regularly make waves with beauty items that are near identical to high-priced rivals.

Their $20 Lacura caviar cream is heralded as a fantastic dupe of La Prarie famous caviar cream that fetches over $600 for the same amount and has caused near-chaos in stores when it hits shelves as part of a Special Buy.

The highly sought-after product has also popped up for re-sale on eBay at up to ten times its retail price after one of the frenetic sales.

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