Who says cheap sparkling has to be hard to swallow? It’s not too early to be thinking about Spring Carnival, and this could be one of the affordable alternatives for your party. Chain of Ponds releases a vintage sparkling for $60 which sees secondary fermentation in bottle. By comparison, the non-vintage Diva is made by the Charmat method which involves secondary fermentation in a large tank before bottling under pressure. This is typically how Prosecco and Asti is produced.
$25. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from different vineyards in the Adelaide Hills were separately crushed into a tank press with minimal skin contact until the final base wine was blended. Aged on lees for 2 months then blended with a 3rd barrel of Chardonnay before secondary ferment. Clear, pale lemon colour with a copper blush, tiny beads. Youthful, fresh white bread, green apple and melon. Fine mousse or light cream texture, good fruity body with green apple and white grapefruit flavours. High acidity, initially sharp and biting, but rounds off nicely on the lively and fresh finish. Drink now. 88.