Full Review

Mr. Riggs

Mr. Riggs
NV Battle Axe, McLaren Vale

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chicken Turkey

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13% RS: 2.05%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18.99

Mr. Riggs
NV Battle Axe, McLaren Vale

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chicken Turkey

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13% RS: 2.05%
Nearly opaque brown brick red color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of spiced berry compote, hint of cough drop, and chocolate plums with a supple, bright, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of boysenberry jam, blood orange chiffon, and tomato jelly on toast. A nicely balanced and flavorful red sparkler.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: spiced berry compote, hint of cough drop, and chocolate plums
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of boysenberry jam, blood orange chiffon, and tomato jelly on toast
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Prime Rib Sandwich, Roast Turkey Leg, Cobb Salad
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nicely balanced and flavorful red sparkler.

The Producer

Mr. Riggs Wine Company

The Producer
169 Douglas Gully Rd.
McLaren Vale, SA 5171
Australia
61 -8 8383 2050

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.