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Australian Sparkling Wines

Australia's particular climate and terrain has meant that it has developed a unique winemaking culture. It is host to over 100 grape varieties across 65 distinct regions. Not beholden to tradition in the same way that Old World wine-making countries are, Australia's top producers are able to push things forward and innovate. Australian sparkling wines are testament to this.

The cool-climate, high-altitude regions of Australia are now taking their place at the head table when it comes to global sparkling wine production. Expect to find a diversity of flavours, from the sweeter to the crisp and fresh, from the stripped-back ancestral pétillant-naturels method to the more complex styles.

Exciting sparkling wine regions

The cool climate conditions in certain areas in Australia such as the Yarra Valley means that these locations have become sought after, so much so that in the 1980s prestige names in Champagne such as Moët ∓ Chandon were buying up land and moving over to make Australian sparkling. This move and their success in the region has itself acted as a catalyst for winemakers in Victoria to push themselves even further in the pursuit of perfection. Outside of Victoria, smaller regions with higher altitudes such as Tasmania, Adelaide Hills and the King Valley have in the last few decades also come into their own in terms of sparkling production. Before all this, in the 1930s and 1940s, Australia was also the home of some truly iconic sparkling reds which still live long in the memory.

Wide variety of grapes

Sparkling reds and whites have become more popular in Australia as the years have gone by, and the increase has rocketed especially in the last few years. More interest means more growers and makers upping their efforts. In Australia, when it comes to white wine, the grapes which are most prevalent are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. You will also however see other grapes such as Semillon, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Crouchen, Trebbiano and Muscat Gordo Blanco. When it comes to sparkling reds, the most commonly used are Shiraz and Merlot.

Delicious Australian sparkling

We have selected a top-quality group of sparkling reds and whites for you to try out, including organic and vegan bottles. The sparkling reds are rich purple and offer a wide variety of notes depending on the bottle, including dark plums, dark olives, berries and dark chocolate. You will find the sparkling whites are structurally elegant, with lively notes that include nougat, forest floor, strawberry, and a brioche-like toastiness.

Arras, A By Arras Premium Cuvée, NV (Case) Arras, A By Arras Premium Cuvée, NV (Case)
Per Bottle: £19.83
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Medium straw in colour with a bright gold hue, this wine has a complex and inviting nose with nuances of forest floor, nougat, exotic spice and lanolin. The palate has opulent flavours reminiscent of lychee, butter saut�ed mushroom, natural yoghurt and fresh oyster. This elegantly structured wine has a fantastic balance of freshness with persistence and depth of flavour.
Arras, Rose Vintage, 2005 (Case) Arras, Rose Vintage, 2005 (Case)
Per Bottle: £36.83
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Salmon pink in colour, with a lively and persistent fine bead, the 2005 vintage displays enticing aromas of fresh red berry fruits, along with brioche-like yeast, nougat and exotic spices. Bright and fresh strawberry fruit dominate the initial flavour rush which gives way to complex secondary characters of truffle and yeast extract. This wine has great structural elegance with an impeccable balanc…
Arras, Rose Vintage, 2007 (Case) Arras, Rose Vintage, 2007 (Case)
Per Bottle: £36.83
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This wine is salmon pink in colour, with a fine and persistent fine bead and a strong mousse. The 2007 vintage displays aromas of fresh red berry fruits, along with notes of field mushrooms and toast. On the palate, initial flavours of strawberries and cream give way to complex secondary characters of truffle, sourdough and lychee. This wine has great structural elegance complemented by firm tanni…
d,Arenberg, The Peppermint Paddock Sparkling Chambourcin, NV d,Arenberg, The Peppermint Paddock Sparkling Chambourcin, NV
£22.95
4 in stock
Vibrant purple sparkling wine from South Australia, a melding of ripe plum and black olive, with a whiff of cedar, another of mint and a third of Christmas spice.
d,Arenberg, The Peppermint Paddock Sparkling Chambourcin, NV (Case) BA7963 d,Arenberg, The Peppermint Paddock Sparkling Chambourcin, NV (Case) BA7963
Per Bottle: £19.17
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Vibrant purple sparkling wine from South Australia, a melding of ripe plum and black olive, with a whiff of cedar, another of mint and a third of Christmas spice.
dArenberg, The Pollyanna Polly Sparkling, NV (Case) CA0617 dArenberg, The Pollyanna Polly Sparkling, NV (Case) CA0617
Per Bottle: £20.33
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A strikingly lifted nose of lemon zest, white blossoms, granny smith apple skin, and hints of freshly grilled nuts. Hints of marzipan, cashew butter and the suggestion of freshly torched creme brulee. On the palate, a tight mineral acid line underpins generous white fleshed stone fruit and a hint of salinity. Ever licked an oyster shell? The finish is long and complex with yeast autolysis providin…
Peter Lehmann, Black Queen Sparkling Shiraz, 2015 Peter Lehmann, Black Queen Sparkling Shiraz, 2015
£27.95
3 in stock
Bright red with a dense black core, this wine has concentrated aromas of plum, blackberry and dark chocolate. The palate is quintessentially 'Black Queen', with a gentle mousse, naturally low in tannins, soft and abundant in rich blue fruit flavours and a Christmas cake finish. Best enjoyed now, however, will comfortably develop further in the cellar for a further 5-10 years.
Peter Lehmann, Black Queen Sparkling Shiraz, 2015 (Case) Peter Lehmann, Black Queen Sparkling Shiraz, 2015 (Case)
Per Bottle: £24.83
Available to order
Bright red with a dense black core, this wine has concentrated aromas of plum, blackberry and dark chocolate. The palate is quintessentially 'Black Queen', with a gentle mousse, naturally low in tannins, soft and abundant in rich blue fruit flavours and a Christmas cake finish. Best enjoyed now, however, will comfortably develop further in the cellar for a further 5-10 years.

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