Full Review

Mr. Riggs

Mr. Riggs
NV Sparkling Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chicken Pork

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: 2.5%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$20

Mr. Riggs
NV Sparkling Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Pair this wine with:
Beef Chicken Pork

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: 2.5%
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler and eucalyptus honey with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long finish with nuances of mulberry-pomegranate custard, praline, and spiced green apples with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A robust, juicy sparkling Shiraz that will be great with ’cue.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Crisp & Lively & Savory
Aroma Aroma: blueberry cobbler and eucalyptus honey
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of mulberry-pomegranate custard, praline, and spiced green apples
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Brisket, BBQ Pork, Cobb Salad
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A robust, juicy sparkling Shiraz that will be great with 'cue.

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.