FESTIVE FIZZ AT ANY BUDGET
Fizz, bubbly, champers and sparkles. The world’s favourite tipple for celebrations has more than a few names, but no matter what you call it, there’s something to suit everyone’s style and budget. With New Year’s Eve approaching we’ve put together some suggestions for your midnight toast.
For lovers of traditional bubbles:
Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne, France, RRP $105
Think honey, brioche, lemon curd – rich and opulent yet vibrant and lifted, it is no surprise that this wine is regarded as one of the finest examples of non-vintage Champagne there is. This Champagne is sure to turn any occasion into a celebration.
House of Arras Blanc de Blanc, TAS, RRP $60
Produced by Ed Carr, Australia’s most awarded sparkling wine maker, this 100% Chardonnay based sparkling is hard to beat. Complex, elegant, persistent yet fine; this is THE Australian sparkling to rival any prestige Champagne.
For a taste of something fresh and fun:
Bandini Prosecco, Veneto Italy, RRP $25
Made in an extra dry aperitif style, Bandini Prosecco captures the freshness and vibrancy the region is recognized for. Great value for money fizz, enjoy as is or blended with peach puree for the ultimate New Year’s Day breakfast Bellini.
42 Degrees South Premier Cuvee Sparkling NV, RRP $28
Zesty, lively, citrus-driven cool climate sparkling from the Coal Valley in Tasmania. This sensibly priced sparkling punches well above its weight. Serve as an aperitif or alongside natural oysters or sashimi for a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
For those who like something a bit different:
Quartz Reef Methode Traditionelle NV, Central Otago NZ, RRP $30
Focused, clean and crisp, winemaker Rudi Bauer’s strives for exceptional fruit purity in his pursuit of biodynamics. This is a stunning example of traditional method sparkling wine from the Bendigo region of Central Otago.
Primo Estate Joseph Sparkling Red, McLaren Vale SA, RRP $90
An Australian icon, this opulent sparkling red wine is made from a unique blend of museum vintages from the last 40 years – truly non-vintage! Rich and savoury on the palate, this wine pairs perfectly with left-over glazed Christmas ham.