Shingleback "Black Bubbles" Sparkling Shiraz
Top 10 Steak Wines 2012
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."