4 Sparkling Reds From Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, and Langhorne Creek South Australia
Sparkling Shiraz is one of Australia’s most iconic contributions to the world of red wine. It is a unique style that is quite different to other regions of the world. Today, you are invited to discover the best South Australian bottles and our tailor-made wine packs.
• Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz NV, Langhorne Creek.
• 2019 Majella Sparkling Shiraz, Coonawarra.
• 2019 Mollydooker Miss Molly Sparkling Shiraz, McLaren Vale & Langhorne Creek.
• Spinifex Louis Sparkling Shiraz NV, Barossa Valley.
Our picks range in price from $11.99 to $60 so there is something for everyone and every budget.
Before tasting notes and how to order, let’s look at Sparkling Shiraz and what makes it so special.
Australian Sparkling Shiraz
This amazing wine style unites the very best of both worlds – Shiraz and Champagne. Full-flavoured red berries and spice from Shiraz merge seamlessly with Champagne’s delicate bubbles and drying finish.
Australia has over 100 years of experience with this varietal – with most made in South Australia. Well-known regions include(*1):
• Barossa Valley.
• McLaren Vale.
• Central Victoria.
• The Great Western region in Western Australia.
Sparkling Shiraz has become a Christmas tradition. From Christmas morning with bacon and eggs to lunch and dinner with glazed ham or roast turkey(*1). Shiraz is brilliant for food pairings because it is so versatile. Serve chilled (like Champagne) or a touch warmer(*1).
4 of South Australia’s Best Sparkling Shiraz to Try Today
Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz NV and 2019 Majella Sparkling Shiraz
Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz NV – Pott’s Family, Langhorne Creek
This non-vintage comes from the very first winery established in Langhorne Creek(*2). In 1853, the Pott’s family started producing Shiraz that would later become world-renowned. This is a great entry point if you are just starting to look at Sparkling Reds(*1).
Aroma: Voluptuous dark berries and sweet plum(*3).
Palate: Full-bodied and velvety smooth.
Finish: Nice long finish.
Price: Sensational value from $19.99 per bottle – or the half-sized bottle from $11.99(*1,3).
2019 Majella Sparkling Shiraz, Coonawarra
This full-flavoured, ruby-tinted vintage is not as jammy as Bleasdale’s (or Mollydooker’s) Sparkling Shiraz(*1). As a point of difference, a tiny amount of vintage port is added as the final touch(*4).
Aroma: Freshly picked raspberry, plum and blackberry(*4).
Palate: Quite dry and particularly complex in the middle palate with layers of dark fruits and spices(*1,4,5).
Finish: Smooth and gentle(*4).
Price: From $32 per bottle.
Majella Wines(*5) have sold out of this vintage at the winery! Be sure to get your bottle before we run out too!
2019 Mollydooker ‘Miss Molly’ and Spinifex ‘Louis’ NV Sparkling Shiraz
2019 Mollydooker ‘Miss Molly’ Sparkling Shiraz, McLaren Vale & Langhorne Creek
Miss Molly is juicy and rich. It is picked at about 15.5% alcohol, so it is quite ripe, full-flavoured and very generous(*1). Chill well before opening to ensure the best bubbles!(*9).
Aroma: Oak and berry(*9,10).
Palate: Delicate fresh plum and cherry are followed by cocoa and liquorice. Minimal sweetness is due to fermentation in 100% American oak barrels(*9,10).
Finish: Oak and vanilla add to the abundance of complex flavours(*9,10).
Price: From $24.
Spinifex ‘Louis’ Sparkling Shiraz NV, Barossa Valley
Spinifex offers premium artisan wines of the highest calibre. Purists will adore this 90-point (James Halliday(*6)) wine. Made from 107-year-old grapevines, this Shiraz is incredibly special(*7). 50 out of 155 dozen bottles have been disgorged, making this a unique and valuable addition to any cellar (up to 10 years)(*1,6).
Aroma: Spicy and savoury(*6,8).
Palate: Savoury – gamey. Complex with dark spices and rich berries(*6).
Finish: Quite dry thanks to notes of Brettanomyces(*6).
Price: Bottles start at $60.
Tailor-Made Wine Packs
If you want to explore South Australia (from your own home), contact us. We will put together a mixed pack of the best of the best from this region tailored to your tastes. Do you prefer red or white? Full-bodied or light? Sweet or dry?
We can cater to your preferences while introducing you to your new favourite Australian wine.
References *1. Summer Hill Wine Shop. Australian Sparkling Shiraz - Mollydooker Bleasdale Majella Spinifex. YouTube video. 2021. *2. Bleasdale Vineyards. Our History. 2021. *3. Summer Hill Wine Shop. Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz NV Langhorne Creek. 2021. *4. Summer Hill Wine Shop. 2019 Majella Sparkling Shiraz Coonawarra. 2021. *5. Lynn, B. 2019 Sparkling Shiraz. Majella Wines. 2021. *6. Spinifex Wines. NV Louis Sparkling Shiraz. 2021. *7. Summer Hill Wine Shop. Spinifex Louis Sparkling Shiraz NV Barossa Valley. 2021. *8. The Australian Wine Research Institute. Brettanomyces. 2021. *9. Summer Hill Wine Shop. 2017 Mollydooker Miss Molly Sparkling Shiraz South Australia. 2021. *10. Mollydooker Wines. Miss Molly Sparkling Shiraz: 2017 Tech Sheet. 2021.