Who does not like indulging in a bubbly Champagne on a Saturday evening, curled up on the couch with a loved one? Unfortunately, not all of us can afford Champagne whenever we fell like it. To pop out the cork, this mighty fizzy wine ‘demands’ for a very elegant and special occasion.
Luckily, there are more affordable types of Australian sparkling wine which are a perfect replacement for the worldwide popular Champagne. Here’s a short and simple guide to help you make the best choice.
The best sparkling wine in Australia is produced in the Tasmanian region. However, there are many excellent sparkling wines which come from South Australia and Victoria. For the best bubbly pick, look for the wines made in the Macedon region or Yarra Valley in Victoria or Adelaide Hills in South Australia. Grapes grown in these regions produce a sparkling wine most similar to the famous French Champagne.
The best sparkling wines are made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These grape varieties give wines a Champagne-like taste, but with the Aussie character. Other grapes are rarely used. Moreover, if the label says ‘non-vintage’, it’s most likely the winemakers used a blend of grapes to get the perfect taste, and if it says ‘vintage’ it means that it was a particularly good year and only one variety was used in the production process.
There are two sparkling wine methods most common among winemakers:
There are a few general terms you must know the meaning.
First made in 1881, the red sparkling wine is made from the Shiraz grape, despite the general belief that it is actually Pinot Noir. Merlot and Cabernet are also used to make the red bubbly. This Australian sparkling wine is known for its deep purple colour and sweet aroma. It is best served with chocolate desserts or barbecue.