Shiraz again accounts for the lion’s share of Australia’s best sparkling reds, with South Australia and Victoria fighting it out. In the final taste-off between Ashton Hills and Best’s, it was a clean sweep to the Clare Valley’s sole contender and the oldest inclusion in our shortlist – testimony to the value of age in this category (in this case, interestingly and unusually, not so much bottle age but four years in large-format oak). Find out more about our winning wine below.
"Traditional method. Open-fermented. Dry shiraz base aged in old, large-format oak for 4 years. Disgorged after 1 year in bottle. Savoury, layered aromas to start. The palate shows off juicy crimson-berried flavours, a delicate mint jube note in there too, not too sweet at all. It's lifted by a fine mousse. Tannins coat the mouth to finish. A sophisticated iteration of sparkling shiraz that really should be heritage listed." – Tony Love
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*This is an edited extract from the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion, with reviews by Jane Faulkner, James Halliday, Erin Larkin, Tony Love, Ned Goodwin MW, Jeni Port and chief editor Tyson Stelzer.
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