2019 Jodie Wilbetree Sparkling Rose (2 bottles)
This year its Shiraz, Cabernet and Semillon, pressed lightly to avoid drying tannin and just a touch of pink colour. It’s all about this colour, co2 gas and a soft creamy flavour. Aroma of Jube lolly, palate some sugar, but the gas keeps everything in check. This is our No 1 selling wine and a genuine crowd pleaser, always have 1 cold for that occasion.
2013 Bobby Lowe Sparkling Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon (2 bottle)
Its 6 years old, but the CO2 gas that’s dissolved holds it from ageing. Its slow to age, but eventually the cork will release some of the gas, so 2-3 years would be the maximum time. Or tonight! Christmas is the perfect time. My notes are; slightly tawny colour, candy and fairy floss aroma with vanilla, soft palate, slightly sweet entry but a finishing dryness from red wine tannin.
2011 Gentleman’s Daughter Methode Champenoise (2 bottle)
This wine follows 8 years on lees, and all the varieties you would see in great French houses. Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, bottle fermented and no residual sugar. Bread dough and biscuits, super fine mousse, racy. It most certainly is a celebration drink, break it over a boat that you launch, wet your whistle with it (where did that expression come from?). The wine will improve for 2-3 years, but it has great finesse and is terrific right now.