Campbells Sparkling Shiraz NV

Sparkling shiraz is described as one of Australia's more unique and long standing contributions to the world of wine.  I think the reason for its persistence is probably this: it is pretty good.  Campbells in Rutherglen fashion a sparkling shiraz using the methode traditionelle, and it shows.

Purple and frothy upon pouring, almost like a fermenting wine, the wine opens to a medium to pronounced intensity fragrance of spices, pepper, ripe fruit and hints of yeast autolysis.  On the palate, dry, and a feast of spicy Christmas pudding, with medium length.  Which then brings me to my only query with this style: when it is obvious to drink it.  It worked perfectly well for me with a steak, and the winemaker's notes suggest game, which is probably a good match.  Christmas is perhaps its most obvious companion.  A blend of 90% shiraz and 10% durif (petite syrah). 87 points

Abv: 14.5%
Price: $30
Source: sample
December 2, 2011

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