As you might know, sparkling Shiraz is one of the newer
exciting releases out of the land of down under. Of
course, they are known for their Shiraz wines, but they've
added an interesting twist over the past several years by
making some of them sparkling.
While there are differences in the grades of sparkling
Shiraz wines, this mostly reflected by the price. So far,
I've had several that were in the $25 and under range, and
even in that, some of them were on sale. There is one out
there that runs a good $50, but as I am not necessarily a
big fan of Shiraz in general, it will be a rep that will
have to allow me to taste it, because I am not making that
investment right now.
Needless to say, it was good to find a sparkling Shiraz
to try that was around $10, so I had to pick it up. Of
course, the label was nothing special, being of simple
design and reminding me of low priced Cook's or Great
Western, but you can't judge a book by it's cover, now can
Upon drinking this wine, I was rewarded with a wonderful
bouquet of berry flavors that mark a nice shiraz, but not
as much that inner essence that makes you long for some
type of red meats along with it. It is very calm in
regards to the usually harsh tannin content of red wines.
This wine would be perfect with any meats off the grille,
and for it's price, it's makes the perfect companion for
cookouts. I highly recommend getting a case of this before
they run out.