Banrock Station Sparkling Shiraz - the alternatives
Article date: 18 June 2011
What’s all the fuss about, you might ask? The answer is that it’s a sparkling red wine (yes red fizz) from Australia that built up a dedicated following, but suddenly ended last year. And why it ended is a bit of mystery. The official line from Banrock Station is that it “was discontinued as a result of the supermarket chains de-listing this product, not due to quality, but due to low volumes going through their stores.” However, it’s not listed on their website and it seems some supermarkets have been telling their customers it’s a quality issue
Devotees of this wine aren’t easily swayed when it comes to alternatives, but for anyone who hasn’t tried sparkling red wine, here’s a list of recommendations.
- Gran Casali Lambrusco Grasparossa, Italy 2009
- Brown Brothers Cienna Rosso NV Australia
- Taste the Difference Brachetto d’Aqui 2010
Best of all, they’re fairly low in alcohol.