Who says you have to wait for a special occasion to have some delicious bubbly? If you ask me, the bubbles might just be the best wine in the world. For that reason alone, one should make an occasion to enjoy a flute of such delicious-ness, no matter the day. In just a few days will be the arrival of spring! Get a bottle! And as that will mark almost the end of September, before we know it, the holidays are here and we will need some bottles of the stuff for dinner parties and other celebrations. So you might as well get a preview and find your favorites now, even stock up. I have just a few suggestions here for you.
Centennial Vineyards, Blanc de Blancs NV
100% Chardonnay, this sparkler is bottle-fermented, just as they do in France for all the good stuff,, with extended aging on its lees. Beautiful refreshing aromas of grapefruit and citrus abound, honey and almond biscotti.
The grapes are sourced and hand-picked from the Bowral vineyards of the Southern Highlands and only made in small batches when the fruit is just right. They take pride in this complex and elegant wine with a lingering finish and lovely perfume. I am thinking, Sunday brunch.
Yarra Burn Premium Cuvee Brut NV
If you pick up a Yarra Burn Premium Cuvee, you will never be disappointed as they pride themselves in consistency from year to year. It is just good stuff. Slightly yeasty on the nose of raw bread dough, lemon meringue and honey suckle. At only around $15, this is one you can drink anytime. A great glass to sip while you are whipping something up in the kitchen, or to have with some good snacks, maybe hummus platters with fresh veggies and toasts, fresh fruit and light charcuterie.
Leconfield Syn Cuvee Blanc NV
This is a great blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with just a touch of Roussane and Marsanne. It is an exciting blend, tropical and seductive with notes of fuzzy peach, pineapple, passion fruit, key lime pie. The flavours are just as sultry. This bubbly has got a bit more body, so try this with any of your summer fish grill favorites from white flakey fish to salmon with a light pesto.
De Bortoli Rococo Blanc de Blanc NV
If you enjoy light bubbles with fresh acidity and one that has got a small dose of everything, this will satisfy. The Rosé is good too, but try this first and enjoy the fresh citrus notes on the nose and palate as it surprisingly rounds out with some peaches and cream with crunchy biscuits. Who needs dessert when you have this?
Jansz Premium Cuvee Brut NV
From Tasmania, this is fresh with the finer citrus notes; tangerine and lemon zest, a touch of wild strawberry and sea breeze minerality, very, very tasty and balanced. There is a reason this is an award-winning wine. Get it for under $20.
Hardys Sir James Vintage Brut 2007
I have to finish this list with a vintage sparkler. From the upper side of Yarra Valley and Tumbarumba, this is nicely matured by now, with relative complexity. Good orchard fruits on the nose give way to lychee, bread fresh from the oven with a caramelized crunchy crust, and just around $20.