Wine Tasting Video: Australian Sparkling Wine

The Spee’Wah Cuvée Chardonnay NV, Murray Darling (£9.50 The Drinkmonger, Bibendum)
Simple, sherbetty style, has a honeyed edge to the cooked apple fruit, quite broad and biscuity, but lacks freshness. C

Jansz Tasmania Premium Non Vintage Cuvée (£13.99 see below for stockists)
Fresh, elegant style, strawberry, raspberry and apple, with a dusting of cocoa and a zesty citrus note on the finish, classy style, plenty of flavour but nicely reined-in. S(-)

D’Arenberg DADD NV, Adelaide Hills (£21 Bibendum)
Can’t fault it for delicacy, but if anything it’s a little too subtlee. Touches of sherbet, citrus fruit and brioche, refreshing but just a little hollow. B(-)

Petaluma Croser Brut 2007, Piccadilly Valley (£20.50 Bibendum)
A fresher, more mineral style than the previous vintage (see here), still has that pineapple edge (and some cocoa), and the rich, bready yeastiness, plus notes of dried apricot and burnt sugar, combines ample flavours with high cheekboned restraint. S+

Jansz Tasmania Premium Vintage Cuvée 2006 (£19.99 see below for stockists)
A more forward, fruity style than the Croser, with a floral note to the jolly red berry and citrus flavours, exuberant and tasty, and still feels like it could develop, but hard to resist now. S

Jansz Tasmania Premium Non Vintage Rosé (£13.99 see below for stockists)
Gentle style, nice depth of red fruit flavour with citrus zing to keep it fresh, generous and rounded, pleasant but maybe lacks the class of the other 2 Jansz wines. B+


Stockists for the Jansz wines (not all will have all three):
Avon Mill Garden Centre
Berry Bros & Rudd
Camber Wines
Cambridge Wine Merchants
Chamberlain Wines
Champion Wines
Corks Out
Darts Farm
Eagles Wine
Eldwick Post Office
Flagship Wines
Grayshott Wines
Hand Picked
Hanging Ditch Wine Merchants
Hoults Wine Merchants
Kibworth Wines
Lancelot Wines
Magma Wines
Milford Wine Centre
N D John
New Forest Wines
Nidderdale Fine Wines
Noble Rot Wine Warehouse
Noel Young Wines
Planet of the Grapes
Premier Vintners
Reserve Wines
Rhythm & Booze
S H Jones & Co
Selfridges & Co
Tanners Wines
The Drink Cellar
The Tankerton Wine Room
Wine Divine

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