Australia boasts of producing some of the best wines in the world. The exotic locations and fine climate here are brilliantly suited to grow excellent quality grapes that extremely experienced winemakers turn to top notch wines. One such Australian specialty is the Sparkling Shiraz, a wine that Australians literally swear by and boast of. Also called the sparkling burgundy, the bubbly Shiraz is lush and rich and considered Australia’s unique offering to the world. In this one wine, all great qualities of a red sparkling wine can be found.
The history of sparkling red wines goes back to 1881 when the Victorian Champagne Company produced the first red sparkling wine that was actually rose coloured. After a few years,the company was liquidated and this stopped the production of the bubbly burgundy. Later, in 1888, Edmund Mazure joined the Auldana vineyard in Adelaide and produced sparkling red wine from the Shiraz grapes. A couple of other companies kept producing different types of sparkling red wines for a couple of decades after this but great success came by only in 1990’s. This was when sparkling Shiraz began becoming immensely popular all over Australia. Today, more than sixty different types of sparkling red wines are produced in Australia and exported all over the world. Still, the sparkling Shiraz holds the ground as being one of the oldest and most favourite Aussie sparkling red wine.
Australian winemakers reserve the best of their fruit to make the sparkling Shiraz. It requires better storage and extra handling that actually makes it less profitable than its still version. This makes it pretty clear that most wine makers make this wine for the love of it than for profit making.
The bubby Shiraz has a heavy flavour that is lightened by the presence of bubbles when you drink it. The aroma of this wine is oaky whereas the flavours are of cherries, strawberries, violets and chocolate. It is a very powerful drink that is sweet yet dry and all in all amazingly brilliant!
To get the best out of a sparkling Shiraz, you need to serve it at the right temperature. Usually, it tastes best when slightly chilled. If you are having this wine in the hot weather, you can put it in the refrigerator for about 30 to 40 minutes before serving. On the other hand, during winters, you can serve it at the room temperature. Being a full-bodied wine, this one goes well with most meaty dishes. Its great pairing with turkey makes it a great drink to celebrate on Thanksgiving or Christmas. You can also serve sparkling Shiraz at a barbeque. To get the best of the aromas of a sparkling Shiraz, it is better to serve it in a glass with a bigger bowl. However, if there is a lot of toasting going on, flute glasses also work fine. So serve this lovely sparkling red wine bubbly to give yourself as well as your guests a great treat at the next party or get together.