Sparkling shiraz is described as one of Australia’s more unique and long standing contributions to the world of wine. I think the reason for its persistence is probably this: it is pretty good. Campbells in Rutherglen fashion a sparkling shiraz using the methode traditionelle, and it shows.
Purple and frothy upon pouring, almost like a fermenting wine, the wine opens to a medium to pronounced intensity fragrance of spices, pepper, ripe fruit and hints of yeast autolysis. On the palate, dry, and a feast of spicy Christmas pudding, with medium length. Which then brings me to my only query with this style: when it is obvious to drink it. It worked perfectly well for me with a steak, and the winemaker’s notes suggest game, which is probably a good match. Christmas is perhaps its most obvious companion. A blend of 90% shiraz and 10% durif (petite syrah). 87 points