An Aldi wine that tastes of raisins, dates and toffee has been named as one of the best in the world at a prestigious competition.
The £8.99 Sumptuously Rich Pudding Wine won the highest possible award, a gold medal, at the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC).
The discount supermarket picked up a total of 19 awards at the contest, including a Silver Outstanding medal for its £5.99 Botrytis Semillon dessert wine.
Aldi won a gold medal for its £8.99 Sumptuously Rich Pudding Wine and a Silver Outstanding for its £5.99 Berton Vineyards Botrytis Semillon at the IWSC this year
Aldi’s Pudding Wine claims to taste of raisins, figs, dates, toffee and caramel and is part of the cut-price supermarket’s Christmas range.
It won the top gong alongside bottles that cost more than double, such a £25 bottle of Giesen The Brothers Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc.
Meanwhile Aldi’s £5.99 Berton Vineyards Botrytis Semillon beat bottles that cost twice as much, such as the £12.20 Valdivieso Eclat Botrytis Semillon.
Aldi’s sweet wine, which won a gold medal last year, was recognised for its richness and intense aromas of baked apple, pear and honey.
Other British supermarkets won medals for its dessert wines too, including Tesco for its £6 Finest Dessert Semillon 2013.
Aldi claims to sell nine bottles of wine every second
Aldi’s two award-winning wines are part of the Christmas collection, which includes other IWSC award-winners such as the £6.29 Exquisite Collection Argentinian Malbec (75cl £6.29 and the £5.79 Exquisite Collection Limestone Coast Chardonnay.
The latest wins mean that Aldi has won 189 medals for its beers, wines and spirits in 2017.
Julie Ashfield, joint managing director of corporate buying at Aldi, said: ‘We are extremely proud to have received a Gold medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition, one of the world’s most respected awarding bodies.’
‘Christmas is a time when we know our shoppers like to treat their friends and family, and at Aldi we’re committed to making these treats affordable and opening up the wonderful world of Aldi wine to all.’