Trackside Bubbles: The Top 5
The Spring Racing season calls for three things: fine suits, florals and a healthy serving of giggle-juice.
No matter your usual choice of poison, come racing season most trackside visitors struggle to say no to a glass of bubbly. To ensure you’re only drinking the best of the best (and avoiding that nasty hangover), our Wine Hunter has put together a list of his top 5 fizz, designed to add a splash of golden luck and glamour to your day.
1. Ruinart Blanc de Blanc NV
The top pedigree, ideal for any situation and always promises great form on the track. The first ever champagne house, established in 1729, Ruinart should know what they’re doing by now. We can confirm, they do. Made from the best sites in Champagne, France, from 100% Chardonnay, the bottle boasts an elegant collection of citrus, white peach and cashew flavours, which float effortlessly with the super fine and creamy bubbles. A delight and definite winner.
2. Champagne Magenta NV - Lombard et Cie
Lightly raced with leading class and very well priced, our second pick of bubbles is one to keep on hand at all times. Sticking to the form that is Champagne, you could drink what everyone else drinks or you could introduce a fizz with class that will entertain and surprise. With lemon meringue softness and a alluring fresh nuttiness this champagne will be an absolute winner and great value for money.
3. The Lane - Lois Blanc de Blanc NV
Meet the high class Aussie contender from The Lane. Another stellar Chardonnay based sparkling wine, this time from closer to home, the Adelaide Hills. A real joy to drink with bright green apple and lime sorbet flavours, enhanced by the smell of freshly baked bread. A cracking bottle of bubbles for a warm spring day and a big hat.
4. Pizzini Prosecco 2017
A super refreshing fizz from one of nicest families in the wine business. The Pizzini’s, from Italian heritage, have been making wines in the King Valley, Victoria for decades. This high altitude Prosecco oozes sherbet, melon and passionfruit flavours and will pair nicely with a day on the track or any Sunday lunch.
5. Ngeringa Uncultured Petillant Naturel
The natural wine movement is not going away anytime soon and Ngeringa are true leaders in this winemaking philosophy and their wines are striking. Pétillant Naturel (Pet Nat) is essentially the original ancient champagne – sparkling wine made without the addition of extra yeasts or sugars. This wine is a combination of five varieties from the Adelaide Hills. It is pink, cloudy and little fizzy. Bright orange, raspberry, strawberry and grapefruit flavours come at you in spades. It is different, delicious and when it is done, you will be wanting more.