About Sparkling Wines from Australia

About Sparkling Wines from Australia
Wine is a bit of a quandry when one speaks of Australia. Here is a country that ranks sixth in the world as far as total production, yet it so too often associated these days with inexpensive, mass-produced wines. This is understandable, given that a few huge corporations produce a great majority of the country's wine, with much of its destined for supermarkets in the USA and England. But this reputation is a true shame, as there are so many excellent wine regions that are home to some magnificent producers. Shiraz is the country's signature wine; not only is it Australia's most widely planted variety, it is also the wine with the greatest reputation. Especially in the Barossa and Clare Valleys, there are explosive versions of this wine that can age for many years. Other notable reds from Australia are the Rhone blends with varying percentages of Grenache and Mourvedre added to Shiraz. Certain areas such as Western Australia are ideal for cool climate varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Probably the best white wines are Semillon from Hunter Valley and especially Riesling from the Clare and Eden Valleys. These Rieslings, thought quite different from those produced in Germany, are equally brilliant and are most assuredly world-class

Top Picks for Australia

Sparkling Wines

Jip Jip Rocks NV Sparkling Shiraz
90 points
$19
Garnet black color. Interesting aromas of blackberry, charred pie crusts, anise, and black cassis preserve with a velvety, crisp, effervescent, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long chocolate chunks, menthol, and fruit tisane finish. A fun, rich expression of bubbly Shiraz; a tasty Charcuterie companion.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Australian Sparkling
Shottesbrooke NV 1337 Heritage Series Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Adelaide Hills
89 points
$27.99
Brilliant yellow straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon curd, peach skin, nougat, and honey cream on apple with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, interesting, medium-long finish with accents of apricot, lime, and raisin toast with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A vibrant blanc de blanc shimmering with ripe fruit and mouthwatering acidity.
89 points $27.99