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IT’S PARTY TIME
By Ross Noble
IT’S party time and time to sparkle. Here
are some sparkling wines I recommend.
FRUITY FOX: Fox Creek Wines at
McLaren Vale is run by the extended family
of retired surgeon Jim Watts. The winery’s
mantra is: maritime climate, ancient soils,
sustainably produced. Systemic chemicals
are avoided. The Fox Creek Arctic Fox
Cuvee NV is named for the mammal with
the warmest fur, which is white in winter
and turns brown in summer. Sauvignon
blanc with bubbles is an enticing prospect,
which rides on the popularity of the
variety, particularly with young people.
drink – chilled – but not arctic cold – on a
warm day. It goes well with Atlantic salmon.
TASSIE TRUE: The “rise and rise” of the
House of Arras, says James Halliday in
the Australian Wine Companion 2016, is
due to “the exceptional skills of winemaker
Ed Carr” and “access to high quality
Tasmanian chardonnay and pinot noir”.
He further maintains the complexity and
structure are akin to Bollinger RD and
Krug. The A by Arras Premium Cuvee NV
is priced well below the super premiums
Blanc de Blancs et al but is “a true
expression of its origins”. The blends of
pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meuniere
are “matured extensively on lees to ensure
character and poise”. $25.
ANOTHER ED’S RED: Patriarch of
Schild Estate Ed Schild, his son Michael
and their winemakers realised the “soft
acid of shiraz fruit from in and around
Lyndoch in the southern Barossa made
Barossa Valley Sparkling Shiraz 2010 is
sourced from the estate’s Ahrens single
vineyard. It has bright garnet hues, aromas
of dark berries, licorice and a touch of
tobacco leaf. The palate presents full-on
as an aperitif or with pasta or a pizza.
BURGE BRUT: The Grant Burge brand
is now owned by Accolade, though the
family retains its extensive vineyards,
which supplies premium fruit to McLaren
Vale-based Accolade, while GB is brand
ambassador. The Grant Burge Pinot Noir
Chardonnay Brut has luscious stone fruit
VIC TRIO: Another in the Accolade
stable is Yarra Burn. The classic trio of
Champagne varieties, including pinot
meunier, which remains the principal grape
variety of the famed region, are grown
in cool Yarra Valley, a couple of hours’
drive east of Melbourne. The Yarra Burn
Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, Chardonnay Pinot
Meunier 2010 is creamy, complex and
CAVA : Katnook is where Coonawarra’s
second vintage took place in its stone
restored by Freixenet, the Spanish cava
producer. Katnook imported the Segura
Viudas Gran Cuvee Reserva Brut 2011,
a cava produced at the winery near
Barcelona operating since the 11th
Century. It is a worthy European rival to
Champagne, a delicate, fruity sparkler
blended from the best bunches from an
outstanding vintage. Aged for 15 months, it
The Katnook Founder’s Block Coonawarra
Sparkling Shiraz 2013 is estate grown and
made by winemaker Wayne Stehbens.
enhanced by pink-tinged bubbles. $23.
BLANC CHECK: Here’s a low-price
sparkler, produced in France, distributed
in SA by Angove. The Charles Pelletier
Grande Reserve Blanc de Blancs Brut
clean and crisp. As with many French
imports, variety does not get a mention
probably chardonnay – but “methode
traditionnelle” does. Check it out at only
$17. Also approachable and affordable is
the Angove Long Row Chardonnay Pinot
Noir Sparkling, which has citrusy aromas
with strawberry from the pinot on the
NUTTY: The Bethany Eden Valley Pinot
Noir Chardonnay Brut Cuvee 2011 is from
the Schrapel family’s Eden Valley vineyard.
The cool – if not cold – climate of this
elevated zone of the Barossa Valley is ideal
for the two varieties, which are more often
in reverse order of quantity. The dominant
pinot noir provides elegant strawberry on
the bouquet while the chardy contributes
adds a nutty complexity. $32 CD.
DRAMA QUEEN: Hugh Hamilton is
planted vines near Glenelg in 1837, less
than a year after European settlement. His
label has a sketch of a black sheep, which
he says he is (of his family). He established
his winery and cellar door, surrounded by
is Peter Leske. The Hugh Hamilton Drama
Queen Methode Traditionnelle 2011 has
58% chardonnay, 33% pinot noir and
vibrant mousse. Chardonnay contributes a
creamy texture and the pinot noir provides
is fresh and dry. $35 CD.
Coonawarra by Sydney Hamilton, when
Syn Cuvee Blanc has pineapple and peach
amid the cascade of bubbles. The Syn
Rouge Sparkling Shiraz NV has perfumes
of stewed plum and dark chocolate with a
among the bubbles. Double your Syn at
DARK AND WILD: The Scarpantoni
Black Tempest Sparkling Shiraz NV is
described on the back label as “dark and
wild ... big and bold”. The rich shiraz
overseen by Fil and Michael Scarpantoni,
plum jam and ripe blackberry, with a hint of
dark chocolate. $28 CD.
In the lighter, moscato style (8.5% alc/
vol.) is the Scarpantino Fleurieu Pink, a
pleasant quaffer with red apple aromas and
And the off-shoot of Scarpantoni,
Oxenberry is on Kangarilla Road at a
separate cellar door, where the Oxenberry
Farmgate Sparkling and Farmgate
Sparkling Red are good value at $12.50
CD only. Also tasty red and white apple
grapple ciders (500ml) at around $8.
Loftia Adelaide Hills Brut 2013 $45 CD.
Blanc de Blanc Adelaide Hills NV $25 CD.
Pinot Noir Chardonnay Adelaide Hills 2013
Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard
Pinot Noir Chardonnay Lenswood $35 CD.
Chardonnay Pinot Noir Prestige Cuvee
Adelaide Hills NV $19.99.
SPARKLING wine and the Adelaide Hills have
Chris Laurie planted vines at Lenswood way
back and then ran Hillstowe Wines.
He sold the label but not the vineyard, from
which his son Hamish and his wife Kate draw
fruit for their Deviation Road wines.
The Loftia brut is a joint product of the couple,
drawing upon Kate’s experience in Champagne
and in WA.
The Loftia is 70% chardonnay and 30% pinot
noir and is “hand crafted” in the traditional
Ageing is for a minimum two years on yeast lees
which gives suggestions of toasted cashew to
Randal Tomich has added winemaking to
his innovative and sustainable approach to
viticulture at the family vineyard at Woodside.
The Tomich blanc de blanc is from fruit
handpicked at dawn and rushed to the winery
Aromas of strawberry from the pinot and fresh-
sliced apple with a hint of citrus lead to a palate
presenting nectarine, cashew and nougat
The Mt Lofty Ranges sloping vineyard at
Lenswood reaches 550m. Pruning and
strawberry while the palate provides bready
The Nepenthe cuvee presents perfume of pear
and fresh-picked granny smith apple leading
Winemaker Alex Trescowthick has produced a
Fox Creek Wines chief winemaker Scott Zrna.
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