Festive Bubbles

Hungerford Hill’s sparkling wine Dalliance (tasting) has for years been a good buy, but the current vintage release 2008 (tasting) is outstanding value at $30. The fruit comes from Tumbarumba, increasingly the source of excellent mainland sparkling wine grapes. Dalliance is somewhat naughtily labeled Methode Tumbarumba – instead of Methode Traditionelle, the current PC term for what used to be called Methode Champenoise. (The EC has added that one to its extensive list of no-go wine terms.) The Dalliance is one of another bundle of sparkling uploads on huonhooke.com, which will be useful for the summer and festive season.

I also liked the current Pommery range – non-vintage (tasting), vintage (tasting) and prestige Cuvee Louise (tasting) – as well as the new G.H. Mumm vintage, 2006 (tasting). And regular readers will already know of my enthusiasm for the 2002 Lanson Gold Label (tasting), which is extreme value at around $50 at big Dan’s. As well, from Tasmania, I’ve re-tasted the ’08 Pipers Brook ‘Pipers’ (tasting) and the Clover Hill non-vintage (tasting) and ‘08 vintage (tasting), and again they stacked up superbly. The ‘07 Bloodwood Chirac (tasting) also impressed and, for an $18 cheapie, Tulloch Cuvee NV (tasting) was good value.

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