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Cockatoo Ridge Sparkling Black

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Cracka Review

How often do you get to try a really decent Sparkling red at a bargain price? We love this soft easy drinking bubbly that combines the best parts of Cabernet and Shiraz. On the nose is a concentrated fruit compote as well as some spicy aromatics. The Shiraz offers blackberry and pepper while the Cabernet lends structure and soft tannins. An elegant style that ends with a lick of fruit sweetness and would naturally pair with turkey, duck or even fruit based desserts.

Winemaker's Notes

Ripe juicy, fruit aromas of raspberry and cherry combine beautifully with pleasant blackberry flavours with a hint of Shiraz spiciness and Cabernet elegance that builds to a mildly sweet finish on the palate.

Cockatoo Ridge Wine Reviews & Accolades

"This entry level “spurgle” has a core of mature red wine freshened with parcels of young fruit to give a vibrant, soft and easy-to-drink style. The bouquet is a rich dark berry compote lifted by a touch of star anise and Cherry Ripe confection. " - Peter Bourne, The (sydney) Magazine - December 2008

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Cockatoo Ridge Sparkling Black

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Peter Forrestal says
I was amazed to find two sparkling reds under the Cockatoo Ridge label in the Quaff tastings, especially one labelled 'Sparkling Burgundy'. Even apart from the name, this was the one I preferred: with mellow, ripe plummy characters, some depth of flavour, and smooth texture before a lively finish.
Quaff 2009
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal says
This dark, impressive sparkling red has officially slipped over the $15 barrier, but the winery assures us it's on special so widely that you'd be unlucky not to find it under $15. We're willing to take their word for it because it is (even at 16 bucks) a bold, ripe, chocolate-flavoured wine with delicious, concentrated blackcurrant characters (thanks to the inclusion of cabernet sauvignon grapes in the blend) that is really worth recommending.
Quaff 2002

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