Sparkling, Central Otago, South Australia

Central Otago is the southernmost wine growing region in the world, located at a latitude of 45 degrees south, on New Zealand’s south island. A spectacular landscape makes the region one of the most scenic wine regions if not in the world then certainly in New Zealand. Central to the region is the tourist destination of Queenstown, which is a great base to make wine trips from.

Heavy mineral deposits in silt loams are typical for the soils in Central Otago, but is unlike any other region in New Zealand. The Otago region is the countries only ‘continental’ wine growing region.

Pinot Noir is the flagship red varietal, which is very well suited to the regions large diurnal shifts (a large diurnal shift means a big difference between low and high temperatures) and also the regions long, cool and dry autumn. The Pinot Noirs coming out of the Otago region are most often fragrant, lush Pinot Noirs with silky textures and true fruit intensity.

Aromatic whites also thrive, in particular Riesling where anything from bone-dry to very sweet can be made. Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and lesser amounts of Chardonnay is also made to a very high quality. Central Otago is in Jancis Robinson’s top five New World wine producing regions.
If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the countries vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.
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  1. Taylors Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut Cuvee Nv
    At release, the wine displays clean citrus/lemon fragrances along with lifted floral blossom, toffee almonds, creme brule and underlying hints of vanilla and rose water. Initially the wine displays fresh citrus zest and stone fruit with a subtle honeyed ... Learn More
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  2. Family Wine Growers Sparkling Nv
    A vibrant, fresh sparkling wine. Lifted aromas of green apple and citrus. Fruity and juicy with soft citrus flavours and crisp acidity. Enjoy now while young and fresh. With quality above its price point, this Sparkling is amazing value for ... Learn More
  3. Crittenden Sparkling Brut NV
    Crittenden Estate in Victoria describe their Geppetto range as “accessible and honest” and this cool climate Sparkling certainly lives up to that promise. Fine straw green in colour with aromas of yellow melon, warm bread and marzipan. On the palate, ... Learn More
  4. Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz NV
    Premium Langhorne Creek Shiraz grapes were selected and blended to produce this richly flavoured Sparkling wine. It begins with fresh cherry and plum flavours before the older component of the blend adds complex spice and chocolate character. It has layers ... Learn More
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  5. Quartz Reef Methode Traditionelle Nv
    Exuding elegance & finesse. Pale yellow with a bouquet of green apple and hints of lime and brioche. On the palate, this is flirtatious and moreish. Enhanced by an invigorating cool, creamy acidity. Focused, cool and crisp with beautiful balance and ... Learn More
  6. Ashton Hills 'Piccadilly Valley' Vintage Sparkling Rosé 2017
    Hand-picked fruit was chilled before gentle, whole bunch pressing. Fermented in tank, the colourless pinot noir base wine was then assembled and tiraged, refermenting in bottle via méthode traditionnelle and disgorged after one year. The attractive salmon hue was ... Learn More
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    A mix of 3 great value and delicious wines that will be the perfect gift to get any Christmas party started! Showcasing wines from some of the best wine regions in the world, this is sure to make any true ... Learn More

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    During the lead up to Christmas 2020, we're aware that things won't quite be the same as they have been in previous years (let's be honest- what isn't different this year!). Many restaurants and bars have tight restrictions on the ... Learn More

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