There are some useful bargains in sparkling wines available at the moment an it might be worthwhile stocking up prior to Christmas. …

Seppelt Fleur de Lys – a winner that delivers so much more than its price suggests. Grapefruit and Pineapple notes with a nice lemon sherbet kick. Seppelt continues to deliver a all price points and the Fleur de Lys is sparkling value.

Seppelt Salinger – this is Seppelt’s top shelf sparkling and it has been a trendsetter as far as Australian cool climate sparkling wine is concerned and the new 2004 vintage continues to set the pace. Tight, racy and linear, the Salinger offers fine floral, lemon rind and fresh alpine aromas, while the palate remains focussed with some autolytic character. Heady stuff indeed!

Brown Brothers Pinot Noir Chardonnay – Using Champagne’s favoured varieties sourced from the cool climates of King Valley and the Brown Brothers high altitude Whitlands vineyard, this cuvee has a fine blend of citrus fruit and mineral acidity while time on lees has added a creamy texture to the palate with some crusty baked bread character.

Bay of Fires Tigress Pinot Noir Chardonnay – Tasmanian sparkling continues to impress and the Bay of Fires Tigress does it at a price that makes it very attractive. Here’s a glass of bubbles that delivers tight citrus fruit with some attractive meringue and cheese-cake character. There’s typical mineral acidity giving lovely length with a drying finish.

Thanks to Vintage Cellars for the wine reviews