2012 Best's "Concongella Vineyard" Late Disgorged Sparkling Shiraz Great Western Victoria

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Winery Notes: "This very Australian wine style is very dark red with an opulent purple mousse of fine bubbles. Complex layers of aromas, blueberries, plums, black olives, potpourri, fresh bread, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and grilled nuts. Round plush fruit flavours with notes of spice and all things nice. The savoury mouthfeel and fine bead of bubbles give this wine a long persistent finish. This wine is great when drunk young but will soften and continue to develop complex characters in the bottle for the next 15 years or more. Drink it with a crumbly old cheddar cheese or roast turkey. Best’s Great Western Sparkling Shiraz was re- introduced at Best’s in 2006 after almost 40 years of absence. The sparkling Shiraz style is synonymous with Great Western and has been made in the region since the early 1900s. Best’s Sparkling Shiraz epitomises the regional characteristics with plenty of spice and plummy fruit characters. The base wine is typically left on yeast lees in bottle for 12 months or more and disgorged in the traditional method. This particular wine the "late disgorgement" was left on lees for an extended period of two years which gives the wine a finer bead and greater complexity. The dosage liqueur for this wine contains a small quantity of very old Best’s Liqueur Muscat that gives the wine an added layer of interest and complements the style."

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2018 | Send Email
I know i am in a minority, here in the States, but I really like Sparkling Shiraz. It is a wine that is immediately pleasurable and yet confounding. Bright rich and savory Shiraz fruit backed by medium tannins and bubbles. Tannin and bubbles, it just doesn't compute but boy does it taste good! This is one of the best, no pun intended, red sparklings that I have had in a long while. There is so much going on with this wine, before you even get to the sparkle. The nose is intense macerated dark cherries and other red fruits with lots of savory herbal undertones. The palate is more of that with mild tannins, good bubbles and a long finish. It is a little expensive but totally worth it.

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/13/2018 | Send Email
Sparkling Shiraz? That isn't something that you hear every day. This bubbly from Western Vicotria is deliciously layered with aromas that are almost reminiscent of a northern Rhône Syrah for a moment but quickly moves into riper dark fruit, potpourri, and black olives. On the palate, dried and ripe dark fruit flavors play with tapenade and herb notes. There is a savory quality to this wine which contrasts nicely against the tannins that come into play, something that isn't typically seen with most sparkling offerings. Food pairing options include possibilities such as roast poultry or hard cheeses like cheddar. Can easily lay down for another couple years to allow more complexity to develop

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.
Sub-Region:

Victoria