‘Tis the season for sparkling wine! With the weather warming up (if it could make up its mind to stay warm that would be great) and Spring Racing season taking off, this time of year really does just scream for a little tipple (or two or three…) of some lovely bubbly sparkling.
Sometimes making the decision on which sparkling to choose can be a tough one (probably because we want them all). But with the help from an expert, non other than Campbell Stott, General Manager of Dan Murphy’s, we have put together a guide that will have you picking your next bottle of bubbles with ease.
And They’re Off And Racing…
Everyone knows that the races are about three things: bubbles, fashion and betting in vein. Oh and the racing… of course! Kick off race season with Taittinger Brut Reserve NV on Derby Day. Basically this bottle will mean you are starting the race season in style. Forget best dressed we are talking best bubbles! With its well-balanced palate with delicate fruit flavours and subtle toasty yeast characters, this all-time favourite is easy to drink.
RRP: $57.99 per bottle
The Race That Stops The Nation
This is the big one… So it requires the best of the bubbles. Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage fits that bill. Creating truly memorable experiences since 1842, you can’t go wrong celebrating one of the world’s most watched horse races with one of the world’s most acclaimed Champagnes.
RRP $89.99 per bottle
Oaks Day. Or Ladies Day. We don’t think that there is anything more appropriate to be drinking on Ladies Day than a little pink… The perfect drop, Lanson Brut Rosé. This delicate Champagne, in keeping with the Lanson style, was one of the first Rosé Champagnes. Sounds perfect to us.
RRP: $64.99 per bottle
Now lads, we haven’t forgotten about you… The gentlemen can add some French panache to their picnic in the park with Charles Orban Blanc de Blancs. This boutique bottle of Champagne is value for money, a perfect picnic aperitif.
RRP: $46.99 per bottle
Going To The Chapel
Joseph Perrier NV with its impressively rich and dry style Champagne is the top pick for a Spring time wedding (and boy will there be weddings). Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are combined to create this finely orchestrated drop, which is aged for a minimum of three years making it that extra special bottle of bubbles for an extra special day.
RRP: $52.99 per bottle
The Sun Will Come Out
This is a necessity. That ‘we- are-so-excited-that-the-sun-is-out’ bottle in the fridge just ready and waiting. The perfect drop this Spring is the Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux Brut Vintage. Once popped the flavours of peach, pear and green apple give the mouth that taste of Spring time. The lower price also means that you can turn the single bottle in the fridge into three or four!
RRP: $14.99 per bottle
Hostess With The Most-ess
Planning on doing some dinner party hosting as the balmy and warm nights approach? Well look no further than an Aussie classic Chandon Vintage Brut. Your guests will be totally impressed with this Yarra Valley sparkling which gives off delicious summer aromas of roasted chestnuts, almond biscotti and lifted citrus blossom. Sounds perfectly refreshing to us.
RRP: $29.99 per bottle
A BBQ with the family. It is synonymous with an Aussie Spring/Summer. The perfect drop to go with such an occasion? How about the fresh and lively prosecco Tenuta Ca Bolani made by the great winemaking family of Zonin, Italy… Yes, we think it sound perfect too.
Need to impress your partner’s parents? Need to impress your partner? Need to impress your friends? Whoever you need to impress buying a bottle of A by Arras Premium Cuvée will bring you one (delicious) step closer. This bottle made by the man touted as the best Australian sparkling maker, Ed Carr, will surely guarantee you to be in the good books with the in-laws. We can only hope anyway.
RRP: $24.99 per bottle
Because we like to make things as easy as possible for you (we know, we are pretty awesome), you can shop all of the above right here.