Bub­bling OVER

Food-friendly and di­verse, sparkling wines are pop­ping right now, prov­ing they’re not just for spe­cial oc­ca­sions. The Wine So­ci­ety presents clas­sic ex­am­ples of fine fizz to share with good peo­ple.

delicious - - SHANNON BENNETT. -

FRIDAY FEEL­ING

The clock’s ticked past 5pm and your thoughts have moved to the week­end – though if you’re hon­est, that hap­pened at least three hours ago. What bet­ter way to bring it on than with bub­bles? There are plenty of af­ford­able non-vin­tage Aus­tralian sparklings, so let The Wine So­ci­ety help you choose. The Tomich Hill M Sparkling Chardon­nay Pinot Noir NV is a vi­brant Ade­laide Hills drop that will help put the work­ing week be­hind you in style.

DIN­NER PARTY ON

Is the boss/po­ten­tial life part­ner/Prince Harry com­ing to din­ner? Then take things up a notch with a vin­tage sparkling Aus­tralian wine. Made from grapes grown in a sin­gle year, vin­tage sparklings re­flect the unique con­di­tions of each grow­ing sea­son and most are priced well be­low non-vin­tage Cham­pagnes. For a so­phis­ti­cated, zesty, beau­ti­fully crisp and creamy wine, try the Kreglinger Vin­tage Brut 2007 from Tas­ma­nia.

GREAT OUT­DOORS

You’ve got the blan­ket, bas­ket, prawns, bread, dips and ant-at­tract­ing del­i­ca­cies you spent hours bak­ing. Now, what’s your pic­nic miss­ing? A great sparkling rosé, that’s what. Red wine lends rosés both struc­ture and bold flavours. Add nat­u­ral acid­ity and you have a recipe for ver­sa­tile food pair­ing, per­fect for pic­nics and bar­be­cues. Gen­er­ous and el­e­gant, Chan­don Brut Rosé NV is a clas­sic pinot noir-led Aussie crowd pleaser.

AF­TER­NOON DE­LIGHT

One of the newer kids on the wine block, at least here in Aus­tralia, is prosecco. Light, fresh and more fruit-fo­cused than many tra­di­tional sparklings, it’s as if this Ital­ian-orig­i­nated wine style was made es­pe­cially for the Aus­tralian way of life. For week­end after­noons spent sip­ping in the sun­shine, it’s dif­fi­cult to go past the crisp ap­ple and pear flavours and lovely long, dry fin­ish of the See Saw Prosecco 2016.

WIN­NER BY A NOSE

Sparkling wines are par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar at the track with fas­ci­na­tor-flaunt­ing and suit­sport­ing pun­ters en­joy­ing the Spring Rac­ing Car­ni­val. Putting your money on French is usu­ally a safe bet and the bright and racy Kriter Brut Blanc de Blancs looks and tastes the part, de­liv­er­ing just the right amount of je ne sais quoi. This one is a firm favourite with mem­bers of The Wine So­ci­ety for good rea­son.

MARK THE MO­MENT

Of course, all this doesn’t mean there is no place for Cham­pagne. There is still noth­ing quite like it for life’s big­gest mo­ments. Bil­le­cart-Salmon Brut Réserve ticks all the boxes for wow fac­tor but, more im­por­tantly, the wine inside the bot­tle more than lives up to the hype. El­e­gance and fi­nesse are hall­marks of this fa­mous Cham­pagne, jus­ti­fy­ing its place at any spe­cial birth­day or an­niver­sary.

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