‘Liquid Caviar’, Aussie Sparkling Shiraz

‘Liquid Caviar’, Aussie Sparkling Shiraz

Sparkling Red, an Aussie Icon.

Winefolly evocatively refers to these wines as ‘liquid caviar’… I like her thinking!

Italy and Australia are the two key producers of sparkling red wines globally, the former is most renowned for their (at times understandably) undervalued Lambrusco. Although another popular version, Brachetto, is also made in Piedmont. I am actually spending this coming Christmas in Bologna, the heart of Emilia Romagna.. land of Lambrusco! So, I imagine there will be more than one opportunity to sample their fizzy garnet-coloured delights and make my own comparisons with some home-grown favourites. A couple of years ago I sent a bottle of Rockford Black Sparkling Shiraz to the in-laws in Bologna, but to this day I’m not sure it was received as warmly at the Christmas table as their own local drops!

What is it about Australia’s sparkling reds that are so unique? In late 19th century Victoria, French winemaker Auguste D’Argent dabbled at the ‘Victorian Champagne Company’ with the first known version of Australian ‘sparkling burgundy’. The name has since been banned by the EU, but the tradition lives on.

Seppelt, Rockford, Leasingham, Primo Estate and Kay Brothers are some of the names at the Australian forefront of this moreish wine style. We might not be the first or only country to produce sparkling red wines, but we were purportedly the first to create shiraz-based sparkling reds. I was recently informed that a producer in the south of France is now dabbling with a shiraz-based version as well!

Thanks to the efforts of the Seppelt Great Western winery, Australia experienced a revival of interest in sparkling reds in the 1980s that hasn’t yet waned. Typically exhibiting red and black fruits, leather, molasses, spice, and a velvety texture, it is the quintessential Christmas lunch wine.. serious yet frivolous, robust yet refined, and absolutely delicious when paired with turkey or ham.

Wine Gifts to Wow this Christmas..

Wine Gifts to Wow this Christmas..

Looking for some last minute gifts this festive season? Below is just a snapshot of what we have available. With thousands of back vintage and boutique wines in our cellar, we’re sure to have something on hand to suit all tastes. Simply get in touch and one of our friendly sales staff will be happy to assist.

**To order any of the below wines, simply email or call us on 07 3852 1891**

 

JIMMY WATSON TROPHY WINNER
2011 Bests Bin 1 Shiraz Great Western – $65
Full, deep crimson-purple; this richly robed shiraz, flooded with blackberry, licorice and ripe plum reflects the six vintages winemaker Justin Purser spent in France, Italy and NZ dealing with wet growing seasons. He has built a wine with excellent texture and structure making light of the weather. It also reflects the fact that neither the Thompson Family or Bin 0 Shiraz were made in ’11. All in all, winning three trophies at the Melbourne Wine Show ’12 was a just outcome. James Halliday.

 

TWIN PACKS
Italian Wine Twin Pack – $50
Featuring a northern white and a stunning southern red, this is the perfect gift for someone a little more adventurous than your average shiraz drinker.. without breaking the budget!
2010 Ocone Apollo Aglianico del Taburno
2016 Girlan Pinot Bianco Alto Adige

Back-Vintage Beauties Twin Pack – $55
This twin set of back-vintage iconic Australian reds is sure to impress even the most difficult to buy for..
2005 Murray Street Vineyards Shiraz Barossa
2007 Cape Mentelle Marmaduke Shiraz Blend Margaret River

 

PERFECT 100 POINTERS!
2010 Renieri Riserva Sangiovese Brunello di Montalcino – $285
A young Brunello with precision and complexity showing violets, blackberries, bramble berries, tea leaf and minerals. Stone undertones, too. Full body, a compressed palate and firm and velvety tannins. Powerful and long. Truly fantastic. Breathtaking. Better in 2018. 100points, James Suckling.

2009 Chateau Leoville Poyferre Bordeaux St Julien – $459
One of the more flamboyant and sumptuous wines of the vintage, this inky/purple-colored St.-Julien reveals thrilling levels of opulence, richness and aromatic pleasures. A soaring bouquet of creme de cassis, charcoal, graphite and spring flowers is followed by a super-concentrated wine with silky tannins, stunning amounts of glycerin, a voluptuous, multilayered mouthfeel and nearly 14% natural alcohol. Displaying fabulous definition for such a big, plump, massive, concentrated effort, I suspect the tannin levels are high even though they are largely concealed by lavish amounts of fruit, glycerin and extract. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040. 100 points, Robert Parker.

 

TASTING PACKS
Sparklings of the World Tasting Set – $199
Featuring Champagne, Vintage Cava, Franciacorta, Vintage New World Sparkling, Rose, and a Mystery Wine, this six pack is the perfect gift for any bubbles lover. Included are tasting notes, a tasting wheel and even ‘options’ wine game questions for the Mystery Wine!

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