From the country down under comes a wine unique in its bold taste, and bubbly fun. Shingleback Black Bubbles Sparking Shiraz is not just a mouthful to say, it’s a collection of tastes that will leave your mouth full.
Wine Review: Shingleback Black Bubbles Sparkling Shiraz
Packaged in sleek black, and a deep purple hue makes this Shiraz a mysterious, exciting wine. Its aromas vary from tar and earth, to black berries and cherries a like, adding to its allure. Shingleback Black Bubbles Sparkling Shiraz is not a vintage wine. If fact, it is a blend of several Shiraz years, creating complexity and consistency. This sparkling wine is both broody and seductive from the first sip, to the last drop.
Black Bubbles gets its name from the dark froth that appears when a glass of red bubbly is poured. The fizzy reaction creates a thick, mousse-like foam that instantly makes the mouth water in anticipation.
Sparkling Wine Fact: 177 feet and nine inches is the record flight for a cork from a bottle of bubbly. It’s really no wondering considering each bottle packs 100+ pounds of pressure.
Shingleback comes from The Davey’s Estate winery, a family-owned and operated vineyard. Their estate is located in Maclaren Vale on property that has been in the family since the 50’s. The brothers that started this vineyard combine their strengths to produce environmentally balanced wine. They use viticulture procedures to soil disruption, and make the vineyard more ecological. Their process is inspiring, but their wine is what makes them the most award winning, family-owned, winery in Australia. Pretty awesome!
How does it Stack Up?
According to Amazon reviews, Shingleback Black Bubbles Sparkling Shiraz is a love it or leave it type of wine. 75% of reviewers gave this blend a five star rating, while 25% gave it a one star rating. There are no ratings in between. Consumers agree that a bottle of this Shiraz is perfect for celebrating any occasion. Those who adore bubbly red goodness support it’s unique, bold taste. While those who don’t like it coin it as being not exactly what they thought they were buying. Always take other reviews with a grain of salt, as your palate is different than anyone else’s. Be sure to grab a bubbly bottle and leave your own review for future consumers.
Winning awards indicates a wines worth, perhaps better than any online reviews, and this sparkling red took home a pile.
Here are the four most recent wins:
- 2016 – Silver medal at the NZ International Wine Show (Class 48)
- 2015 – Silver medal at the Sydney Royal Wine Show (Class 48)
- 2014 – Gold medal at the NZ International Wine Show (Class 13b)
- 2013 – Blue gold medal at the Sydney International Wine Competition
The list goes on and on, and the ribbons don’t lie; The Davey’s Estate winery takes pride in their wines.
Australia’s Sparkling Red History
Sparkling red wines aren’t found in many places worldwide, and it is well-known that the most prevalent supplier of these wines is Australia. This type of red wine was first brewed in the late 1800’s. However, the 1960’s and 70’s almost wiped out this blend, due to an over production of less than great wines. Their flavors compared to cough syrup and boiled lolly pops. Blah. Despite that unspeakable decade of awful reds, this sparkling beverage is making a trendy come back. On top of that, there is now more quality choices than ever before.
Sparkling Wine Fact: If you insert a raisin into a flute of sparkling wine, the raisin with float up and sink down on repeat.
Made For Meat?
One wine reviewer has decided this sparkling Shiraz is only good with meat:
“The wine demands meat. A host of grilled burgers would well suit, or a plate of charcuterie.” (Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews)
Although it likely pairs well with meat, other suggestions include:
- A cheesy platter
- Salads and cold meats
- Dark chocolate dessert
Or enjoy a glass, served in a chilled flute before a meal. Named an ‘aperitif’, this pre-food alcoholic drink works to stimulate your appetite!
Random Fact: A small piece of dark chocolate before you eat naturally suppresses your appetite. This tasty trick helps you control your intake. The opposite of an aperitif. I wonder if both methods cancel each other out.
Food pairings and wine are open to interpretation of the person consuming the beverage. We encourage you to try your own food pairings, and find what works best on your palate
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