The press release was a little gushing in its praise – comparing the £6.99 Griffith Park Rosé with other International Wine Challenge winning wines (such as Lanson Rosé at £32.99 and the Charles Heidsieck Rosé 1999 at £75). Let us be honest here – you are not going to get champagne quality/champagne method wines for under a tenner.
But what you do get with the Griffith Park is great value. And bubbles. And more than often isn’t this enough? For not everyone cares how their bubbles get into the bottle.
“GRIFFITH PARK then is produced under a Transfer Method which differs from Method Champenoise as the secondary fermentation does not take place in the actual bottle sold. Under the transfer method the total contents of the bottles are decanted with their lees, under pressure, into a tank where the batch is checked, liquored, and filtered into brand new bottles, then corked and sealed with a hood.”
The two wines have similar composition – Chardonnay (75%) and Pinot Noir (16%). For the rosé a “A dash of Shiraz provides added berry fruit lift and vibrancy”.
Wine Tasting Note: Griffith Park Sparkling Rosé, NV, South East Australia.
Price: £6.99 from Asda, Morrisons, selected Tesco [More: Adegga / Snooth] Pale in colour, vivacious on the bubbles front, delicate in flavour. A mouthfilling fizz, of no great complexity but bubbly, flavoursome and fun. What do you want for £6.99? Fun is king!
Andrew BarrowScribblings Rating – 92/100 [4 out of 5]
Wine Tasting Note: Griffith Park Sparkling Brut, NV, Australia.
Price: £6.99 Available from Asda and Morrisons [More: Adegga / Snooth] Fresh, lively, plenty of froth. Not too dry. A delight for those who like the combination of bubbles and New World fruit. Alcohol 12%. Clean, citrus finish.
Andrew BarrowScribblings Rating – 90/100 [3.75 out of 5]