Walmart’s U.K. sibling Asda’s budget bottle of private brand wine La Moneda Reserva Malbec from Chile has been awarded the best in show title at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).
After blind taste tests of around 16,000 reds and whites from across the globe, a panel of 240 international wine experts judged Asda’s low-cost Malbec to be the ‘ultimate crowd pleaser’.
It was described as tasting of ‘freshly crushed black fruit, creamy vanilla yoghurt and pepper spice,’ and won praise for its ‘succulent juicy berries on the palate.’
The wine first came out on top in the Chilean red category, before taking the overall crown for quality and value for money.
DWWA chairman Steven Spurrier said of the judging process: ‘Our sole purpose is to recognise and reward quality, this is what consumers all over the world are interested in. We only award medals to wines in which consumers can have the utmost confidence.’
Asda wine buying manager Ed Betts told Metro.co.uk: ‘The La Moneda Reserva Malbec is currently on rollback at £4.37 (it usually retails at £5.75), and as the perfect match to barbecued meats, we’re expecting high demand in the coming weeks.