Current Vintage: NV
How Pete Schell kept this one under wraps is anyone's guess, but now that it's released... we don't care! Those who don't normally go for sparkling reds should still give this a go. It's totally different to most sparkling reds on the market. Super complex, it reminds me of the best sparkling reds of yesteryear. Expect notes of iodine and game with hints of well hung venison, old leather and loads of spice. The palate is medium bodied, fresh and just bloody delicious. Also unusual for the style, the finish is salty and dry which means it can actually work at the table.
Home to some of the oldest grapevines on planet Earth, the Barossa Valley is perhaps Australia's most renowned wine region. In 1842, German settlers planted vines and the rest is history!
On the red wine front, it's all about the big reds like Cabernet and Shiraz here - with full bodied Barossa Shiraz being sought out around the world. It is rich, muscular, and super sexy - Aussie 'ocker with distinctive finesse.
But the Barossa isn't a one trick pony. In a salute to the region's rich German heritage, the Eden Valley (which falls within the broader region) produces some of Australia's finest rieslings - crisp, fresh, but still balanced.