Full Review

Arabella

Arabella
2016 Sparkling White, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 14%
89 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$9.99
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Arabella
2016 Sparkling White, Western Cape

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 14%
Silvery emerald straw color. Attractive, toasty, creamy aromas and flavors of pear custard, apple and melon, and toasted meringue with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, breezy finish with notes of kiwi and lime in cream and cashew fruit with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A nice toasty, creamy sparkling wine.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Quaffable, Savory & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: pear custard, apple and melon, and toasted meringue
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of kiwi and lime in cream and cashew fruit
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own
Recipes Pairing: Fresh Trout With Brown Butter, Coconut Crusted Shrimp , Cobb Salad
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice toasty, creamy sparkling wine.

The Importer

Vineyard Varieties, Inc

The Importer
600 Newbern Rd
Dublin, VA 24084
USA
1 859-298-6040

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85 Arabella 2016 Merlot, Western Cape 14% (South Africa) $9.99.
88 Arabella 2016 Shiraz, Western Cape 14% (South Africa) $9.99.
92 Arabella 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape 13% (South Africa) $9.99.
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87 Margaret 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Western Cape 14% (South Africa) $8.99.
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84 Nine Fields 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Robertson 13.5% (South Africa) $9.99.
87 Nine Fields 2017 Merlot, Robertson 14% (South Africa) $9.99.
86 Nine Fields 2017 Shiraz, Robertson 13.5% (South Africa) $9.99.
85 Nine Fields 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Robertson 14% (South Africa) $9.99.
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Other Sparkling

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Serve in a Champagne Flute
Sparkling wine covers many countries, grape types and quality levels. What all of these wines have in common are bubbles.

How the bubbles get there define the type and quality of the sparkling wine. The most famous sparkling wine of course is Champagne, from the eponymous region in France. These are made by what is known as the Champagne or "classic" method, where the secondary fermentation that produces the sparkle is done in an individual bottle. Other sparkling wines that use this method include Franciacorta and Alta Langa in Italy as well as Cava from Spain.

Other sparkling wines are made when the bubbles (or carbonation) is created in large tanks. While there are many inexpensive, simple sparkling wines made in this method, there are some excellent examples, most notably Prosecco.

Sparkling wines in many cases are meant to be drunk upon release, although the best examples of Champagne can age well for more than a decade. As sparkling wine is celebratory in nature, it is often used for toasting a special event, such as an anniversary or birthday. Yet the finest dry sparking wines work beautifully with a huge array of foods. These wines are arguably the finest food wines in the world.