Wines add sparkle to Orange region

I PICKED up a bottle of the Philip Shaw “Edinburgh” Sparkling wine ($30) the other day; the label is striking - an imaginative skull in fluoro colours - it stands out a mile; a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir it is a fresh yet complex wine, with the complexity coming from the time the base wine spent in barrel.

It is one of the local sparkling wines that you should consider this Christmas.

The gang from Printhie have entered the market with the serious Swift, with both a non-Vintage ($40) and a 2010 Swift ($50).

The non-Vintage is stylish and refined and will be a wine for smoked salmon canapes come Christmas Day.

The packaging and web design is also stylish with a retro-deco look.

Logan have their 2009 Vintage “M” ($35), a fine copper colour from Pinot Noir grapes, it has fruit elements of both Pinot and Chardonnay and works well as both aperitif and with entree - I tried it with freshly shucked oysters recently and it went down a treat.

The Orange Region Sparkling ($20) from Chris Derrez makes for fresh, zesty drinking with a palate driven by cool climate Chardonnay fruit (it is a 100 per cent Chardonnay).

Dave Zinger has also produced a cracker at a similar price which will please the crowd this summer. Called Zing it got a silver medal at the Orange Wine Show in fairly strong company so is definitely worth a look.

Ross Hill has also released a serious fizz. The 2009 Ross Hill Vintage Brut ($36) is at the citrus, minerally end of the spectrum.

Three years on lees gives it complexity yet it is a fine, zesty aperitif. Charles Sturt, Cumulus, Borrodell and Tamburlaine also have local sparkling offerings.

We are spoilt for choice! Cheers and Happy Christmas.

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