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WINE OF THE WEEK: The Lot Series Apalta Colchagua Carmenère 2012

£7.99, Aldi

Maybe you already buy wine at Aldi. If you don't, maybe you'll want to reconsider… At a tenner, the red I've chosen is one of the most expensive, part of the limited-edition 'Lot Series', but I can recommend a red at £3.79 if all you need is a simple, soft, party wine (Toro Loco 2014 from Spain - and don't bother trading up to the more expensive Reserva version). The sophisticated Lot Series Carmenère is a true expression of the grape variety that Chile has adopted as its own: sweet, rounded, berry fruit balanced by the spicy, herbal freshness of just-picked bay leaves and a savoury, smoky, coffee note. Dish it up with red meat, especially with herbs or with spice blends such as ras el hanout, or play to its green herb/bay leaf character and pair it with vegetables and vegetarian dishes.

£9.99, Aldi

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