Lil Koala Shiraz

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Lil Koala ShirazIn the interest of (1) causing a stir, (2) going out on a limb and (3) getting mondo traffic to this site from the Aldi Shopper/Value Hunter/Inexpensive Imbiber crowd, I would like to make the following statement:

Lil Koala Shiraz is the best value in wine today. Better than Charles Shaw. Better than any other house brand. You should check it out. Seriously.

Hyperbole aside, this is darn good. I could ask for a couple things – like a year, and maybe a bottle that doesn’t look like – and remind me of – Yellow Tail.

Other than that, let’s break it down. To the review, mate!

Lil Koala Shiraz Review


Plum, blackberry, black cherry on the nose. Fruit forward. Maybe a little black pepper, too – so there’s a kick and it’s not overly fruity. (Bottle identifies it as “semi-dry” and that’s a fair assessment.)

We had it with Mediterranean Chicken, and it complemented the meal extremely well. I can’t get over it – it could be that my expectations were low because, again, I was reminded of Yellow Tail. Oh, and the price – see more on that below.

But this is a “can I have another glass?” wine.


100% Shiraz, though undated. 14.1% ABV. Semi-dry and “Full-bodied” (according to the bottle’s little slider meter thingy).


By the beard of Zeus – we got this for $2.98!

Okay, so it’s not going to drink like it’s $20 a bottle – but, and I welcome your comments here – this wine stands up to $12-$15 Shirazes.

(Plus, with what seems like a dearth of Australian wine at places like Costco, as we didn’t find ANY on a recent trip, this is worth snatching up.)

Metasip Grade: B+

We just gave a $3 bottle of wine from Aldi a B+. Yes, yes we did.

Note that on a recent Aldi trip, this wine had gone up in price to $4.79. Still, people – at $5, if it drinks like $15, can you see why we think this is the best wine value out there now?



  1. I bought this wine last week, drank 3/4 of a bottle. Enjoyed it and amazing no headache the next day. I was leery because of the price but to my astonishment it was a good bottle of wine. Nice on the palate and not acidic at all. I will buy it again. Paid $4.99 at Aldi in Orland Park.

  2. Funny, but I opened up my first bottle of Lil Koala shiraz and thought the same thing. About as good as a $10 bottle and I paid $4.89 for mine at Aldi. Reasonably well-balanced, fruit and totally drinkable with a meal!

    • Dave Van de Walle says:

      Value, baby!

      Thanks for the comment…keep looking for those steals (at Aldi, or wherever else).

  3. BeLinda Sedberry says:

    Not a wine snob at all but I do appreciate a really good bottle now and again. With that said, I have tried and really like the Lil Koala Shiraz which I bought at Aldi as well. Glad to see you are giving it a thumbs up!

    • Dave Van de Walle says:

      This might be the most popular wine we’ve ever reviewed. Glad you liked it, too…

      Funny, if you don’t look at the price and hide the label, quality is quality. And this one is.

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