Uniquely Australian Sparkling Red
Friday, June 27, 2014 in News
What can be more Australian than sparkling red wine? While Australia was not the first country to produce a sparkling red wine, as a nation we have wholeheartedly embraced the deep coloured, richly fruited frothy style and made it our very own.
Ripe and rich, the combination of vibrant juicy fruit and frothy bubbles can make for a truly hedonistic experience. Delicious any time of the year, sparkling reds come into their own in the cooler winter months, particularly when paired with roast meats or aged cheese.
While the upfront rich fruit and supple tannins of Shiraz make it the most widely employed sparkling red variety in Australia, sparkling red wines are also made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chambourcin, and Durif.
Within Australia two main styles exist; simple frothy juicy-fruited tank-fermented styles made to drink young, and more complex savoury traditional-method styles made by careful blending of reserve wines and produced in both non-vintage and vintage styles.
Top examples include the Langton’s Classified Outstanding Rockford Black Shiraz NV as well as Joseph Sparkling Red NV, and Seppelt Great Western Show Sparkling Shiraz 2004.
To experience Australia’s quintessential red wine style, browse Langton’s range of sparkling reds.