Aldi continues to increase its presence in Ireland. Why?
Reliability and Good Value.
In Ireland ‘Good Value’ wine in a supermarket sense is hard to deliver because our excise rates are so damned high. It’s always easy to deliver ‘Value’ but ‘Good Value’ implies a well made wine.
The Excise Rates levied by our government on wine in Ireland are quite simply a money grabbing exercise and are indefensible.
See below for a complete breakdown of the tax on wine in Ireland and don’t forget to put 23% VAT onto these! That’s a Tax on a Tax – Where’s the ‘Value Added’ there?
It’s a Feast of Good Value Wine at Aldi
Our supermarkets do a fabulous job of bringing us Good Value Wine. As Aldi has, once again, topped the recent Kantar charts for growth in the Irish market I thought we should have a quick look to see what Wines are in store from Aldi for the Bank Holiday weekend.
Stars for me right now are the Don Tomas Argentinian Malbec €10.99 and the Riveras Sauvignon Blanc Leyda Valley Chile €12.99
I would also be more than happy to pick up any of the following … each is loyal to its grape, shows ample fruit, is well structured and has good length.
Exquisite Collection Picpoul de Pinet €8.99 France
Exquisite Collection Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur lie €8.99 France
Albante Albariño €10.99 Spain
Castellore Grillo Sauvignon Blanc €6.99 Italy
Rockstone Ranches Chardonnay €6.99 California
Banrock Station Chardonnay Verdelho €6.99 Australia
Hardy’s Chapter and Verse Pinot Grigio €7.49 Australia
Cotes du Luberon Rose €8.49 France
Toro Loco Bobal Merlot €6.99 Spain
Primanero Organic Primitivo €9.99 Italy
Banrock Station Shiraz Cabernet €6.99 Australia
Rockstone Ranches Malbec €6.99 California
Ireland’s IDIOTIC Excise Rates on Wine are as follows:
|Still and sparkling, not exceeding 5.5% volume||0.99c/70cl bt+23%|
|Still, exceeding 5.5% volume but not exceeding 15% volume||2.97c/70cl bt+23%|
|Still, exceeding 15% volume||4.32c/70cl bt+23%|
|Sparkling, exceeding 5.5% volume||5.95/70cl bt+23% Note: this is exactly double the Still Wine Rate simply because it is Sparkling!! IDIOTIC …|