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

Sidewood 2018 Isabella Brut Rosé Adelaide Hills
93 points
$30
A textbook and food friendly sparkling Rosé with a fresh, crisp yet fruity finish that is a great option to introduce people to New World bubbles.
Sidewood 2016 Chloe Cuvée Brut Adelaide Hills
91 points
$30
A fresh introduction to New World sparkling wines with crisp acidity and ripe orchard fruit from beginning to end.
Sidewood NV Estate Sparkling Adelaide Hills
89 points
$19
A bright and zesty sparkler that will excel as a aperitif.
Winebud NV Prosecco King Valley
88 points
$4.99
Best Buy
A very nice, dry, Prosecco-like sparkler that will be very versatile.
88 points $4.99 Best Buy
Sidewood NV Estate Sparkling Rosé Pinot Noir
88 points
$19
A tangy, quenching Rose sparkler.