I'm not sure how much Australian sparkling wine gets sold in the USA. Wouldn't blame you if your second choice was prosecco or cava, right after champagne. But many Australian wine makers have spent time working vintage in both Champagne and in Italy, so rest assured we're certainly no slack in terms of the technical skill to make sparkling wines. And you get get some pretty decent stuff on the cheap side.
Couple of Aussie sparklings
- Reply by edwilley3, Oct 5, 2013.
I've tried Taltarni before, I think. It was solid as I recall. However, I have not tried the Seppelt. I used to love their Tawny port, which disappeared from all shelves I saw. I've read good things about Seppelt and have wanted to try other wines for a long time.
Hopefully someone will be smart enough to bring them in.:)
- Reply by Terence Pang, Oct 7, 2013.
I'm guessing you mean the Seppelt tawny port produced by Seppeltsfield which is the winery from the Barossa Valley South Australia. While often regarded as the same entity, which is true from a business perspective, I do not due to their forked origins. Seppeltsfield was founded in 1851, while The Best Western winery was founded in 1865.
The latter was acquired by Seppeltsfield in 1918, but continued producing sparkling wine and table wine till present under the Seppelt name. Try the Chalamber Shiraz, a good 7-10 year old cellaring wine.
The former is the one which is renown for their fortifieds and ports, as well as table wine under the Seppeltsfield label.
Additional trivia fact, Seppelts was founded by Joseph Best, and his brother Henry Best founded the Best's Great Western winery in 1866. Their Thomson Family Shiraz and Bin 0 Shiraz are great drinking too!