Fizz. For the start, for the finish, for the in-between.
By Campbell Mattinson
1 October, 2015
Admittedly the first thing I think of when I think of watching finals footy is beer, but if you don’t have the sparkling sorted for Grand Final day then in my books you lack ambition. It’s only proper to have a glass pre-game, when you’re nervous. And it just feels right to have a glass, once you’ve settled. Of course, you deserve a glass if your team wins. And you definitely need one if it loses.
Personally, it’s Aussie sparkling for pre-drinks. Aussie sparkling red for during. And, well, maybe the real thing for afters, from Champagne, depending on how things pan out. Fizz/sparkling/Champagne is always a crowded market. So lets make things easy for you.
Pre-Game: The Perfect Starters:
Taltarni Vintage Brut ($20)
You don’t want to blow the budget at the start, and this may well be best value sparkler in the land at the moment. It slips down very easy too.
Charles Sturt Reserve Sparkling 2010 ($30)
Made by the star sparkling winemakers of the future. It might be hard to find, but it’s a beauty.
Chandon Brut NV ($31)
It’s available everywhere and it’s on the up and up. Chandon Brut hasn’t always been as good as you’d hope, but it sure is this year.
Watching the Game:
Balgownie Sparkling Shiraz 2014 ($29)
Sparkling shiraz, on the couch, the game on. This is living. And this is 100% up to the moment.
It’s worth buying for the bottle alone. But the juice inside is smashing too. So rich.
Seppelt Original Sparkling Shiraz 2012 ($20)
Perennial favourite. And it’s still in good form. And it still shines for value.
Clover Hill Blanc de Blancs 2010 ($52)
This Tasmanian beauty could well be the best sparkling produced in this country. It’s certainly right up there.
Lanson Black Label NV ($42)
The real deal for a really good price. Quality is excellent. A steal.
Taittinger Brut Millesime 2008 ($160)
OK, it’s a lot of money. But the sweet taste of premiership success might just need something gorgeous, and this is certainly that.