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
Jip Jip Rocks NV Sparkling Shiraz
89 points
$19
Black garnet color. Aromas of eucalyptus and sweet blackberry with a velvety, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length chocolate biscuit, mint cream, and starfruit finish. A juicy, silky sparkling shiraz that offers ripe berry notes and hallmark eucalyptus herbaceousness.
Shottesbrooke NV 1337 Sparkling Shiraz
88 points
$27.99
Dark violet color. Aromas of potpourri, boysenberry jam, balsamic glaze, and dark chocolate with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length toasted blueberry muffin, genache, caramel drizzled berries, graphite, and candied violet finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A dense sparkling shiraz bursting at the seams with fruity berry aromas and food-friendly flavors.
88 points $27.99
Shottesbrooke NV Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Chardonnay
87 points
$27.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas of baked apple, brioche French toast, apricot preserves, and orange zest with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length granola, buttercream, cedar, and lemon supremes finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lively sparkler with a warm and toasty underbelly.
87 points $27.99