Australia: Australian Sparkling Wine
What About Aussie Bubbly?
The Australian wine industry manages to make Methode Champenoise wines of serious quality at prices that would make Champagne producers turn as green as their unripe grapes. Fruity, generous wines that can often show fine yeasty notes often associated with more expensive wines, typify the Australian sparkling wine style. Nearly all Aussie sparklers use champagne grape varieties (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) and most can be purchased for $10 or less.
An esoteric specialty that is unique to Australia is Sparkling Shiraz. This is a fruity red sparkling wine that has flavors associated with Shiraz red table wines. Few examples are imported, but more adventurous drinkers may wish to seek it out.
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