James Estate wines are built on a foundation of quality, experience and a sense of ‘place’ that encapsulates the lifestyle and creative spirit of the Upper Hunter Valley. Spread across multiple sites in the valley, the grapes are 100% estate grown, meaning every part of the process is in the hands of their own experienced and innovative winemakers.
The 2016 Sparkling Rosé is a French-style bubbles, produced Methode Traditionale and boasting a blend of Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. These blends give fragrances of strawberries and cream, leading to a rich palate of pink grapefruit, which has developed after ageing on lees for two years.
Refreshing and incredibly versatile, it’s the perfect bottle to pop during a Summer picnic, to impress guests at your Cup celebration or next dinner party.
Located in West Gippsland, just 3km south of Warragul township, is Wild Dog Winery. One of the oldest and largest picturesque vineyards in Gippsland, Wild Dog is not only known for its cool climate wines, but also for its stunning views of the Strzelecki Ranges and matured olive plantation, from which they produce virgin olive oil and bottled olives.
Their 2010 Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay is blended from 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay grapes. With an aroma of melon and honey, hints of buttery toast and a savoury mix of nuttiness and bread yeast, this sparkling has a fine palate balanced with hints of oyster shells. The fine bead gives the wine a full, rich texture which is sure to satisfy even the most discerning Cup bubbles drinker.
Saddle up with one these bottles during your Melbourne Cup party, any leftovers will be great drinking for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.