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Shingleback "Black Bubbles" Sparkling Shiraz

Top 10 Steak Wines 2012

Shingleback Black Bubbles Sparkling Shiraz is made in Australia's McLaren Vale

SPARKLING

Shingleback "Black Bubbles" Sparkling Shiraz
McLaren Vale, Australia

While red wine grapes are often used in sparkling wines, especially in "blanc de noir" Champagnes, the fermenting juice is seldom left in contact with the grape skins long enough to turn a dark red hue. Australia, which makes some of the best Shiraz on the planet, uses the Rhône varietal to make sparkling wine, too. Shingleback's "Black Bubbles" displays a teasing balance of tart and sweet fruit flavors that, alongside a backbone of firm tannins, allow it to pair well with steak hot off the "barbie."

Rating: 13.5/20
Price: $25

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