The 12 Best Sparkling Wines and Champagnes for NYE 2021
2022 is fast approaching! So it’s time to pop-open the best champagne and sparkling wine to celebrate the new year!
Each December we marvel at the chance to spend New Year’s Eve toasting the past 12 months that has been, dreaming of all that may lay ahead in the new year.
And whether you prefer to celebrate this occasion by throwing an intimate dinner with your nearest and dearest, or by hitting the town for a late-night boogie on the dancefloor, we can all agree that there is no better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve than with a glass of bubbles.
Ready to pop-open, celebrate with soft and creamy notes, zestiness with a hint of citrus or dodging the hangover all together, we’ve got you covered with this specially curated list of the 12 best sparkling wines and champagnes for NYE 2021!
Boizel 2004 Champagne Grand Vintage
For those seeking something more up-market this New Year’s Eve, Champagne Boizel’s Grand Vintage 2004 is a premium, luxurious bottle of bubbles with aromas of orange and lemon rind, honey, apricot and brioche. And, if you like your Champagne full bodied, don’t worry because this lady has curves! A true French beauty, the Grand Vintage 2004 is aged up to 10 years on lees, and can be cellared until 2030 if you can wait that long! But we certainly wouldn’t! Pop-open this bottle of Champagne this NYE 2021 to toast in style!
Bottega Gold DOC Prosecco
If you prefer your prosecco with a side of alcohol, Bottega’s award-winning Gold DOC Prosecco is an affordable yet luxurious option for your NYE 2021 celebrations. This wine is crafted from handpicked glera grapes grown in the Italian province of Treviso, and its high-quality ingredients and distinctive gold bottle make it the perfect gift idea if you need a little something to give the host of your NYE soiree. With a light body and lively acidity, this Prosecco is ideal for use in cocktails and spritzes, and pairs perfectly with seafood and white meat canapes.
d'Arenberg Peppermint Paddock Sparkling Chambourcin NV
d’Arenberg’s Peppermint Paddock Sparkling Chambourcin is the perfect drop for anyone whose New Year’s resolutions include living more boldly in 2022. This award-winning sparkling red is a refreshing style, made from chambourcin grapes that were grown in South Australia on a vineyard surrounded by peppermint gums. A lavish, fat mulberry character on the palate with notes of red currant, sugar coated peanuts, and menthol notes; a flute of this is enough to land you right back in the 80s. With a psychedelic purple hue, this sparkling will help get any party started. Just perhaps leave that white ensemble for NYE 2022.
Hardy's Sir James Cuvee Brut Pinot Noir Chardonnay
Established in 1853, Hardy’s has long been considered one of Australia’s most trusted wine producers, and this Brut will certainly show you why. Using a classic sparkling blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grown on their vineyards in South Australia, Hardy’s Sir James Cuvee Brut is a light and dry glass of bubbles with a crisp acidic finish. This award-winning drop is soft, creamy and bright – perfect for your lunchtime celebrations on New Year’s Eve when you wash down an oyster or six.
House of Arras Grand Vintage 2013
When looking for a quality Australian sparkling it is hard to go past the prestigious Tasmanian winery, House of Arras. As one would expect from Australia’s most awarded sparkling winery, there is plenty of quality bubbles to choose from here, but after releasing their 2021 Vintage Collection in August, the Grand Vintage 2013 stands out. A blend of 62% Chardonnay and 38% Pinot Noir, this beauty shines a bright yellow-gold. With a bouquet of white flowers, citrus, lychee and oyster shells, and an elegant palate exhibiting layers of toasted sourdough, field mushroom, lemon curd and roasted almond, this is the perfect drop to impress your guests with!
J. Vignier Aux Origines Blanc de Blancs NV Champagne
Dreaming of a flight to France this New Year, but not quite there yet? A glass of Vignier’s NV Champagne is guaranteed to get you at least halfway without breaking the bank in the meantime! And with a rich history dating back to 1530, Vignier certainly knows their way around a bottle of Champagne. This crisp, dry glass of bubbles is made of 100% Chardonnay grapes, tended without herbicides or pesticides and hand picked at the perfect maturity. Perfect for NYE celebrations, we recommend buying two bottles at checkout – because you won’t want to share!
Lyre's Classico Grande
If this winery doesn’t sound familiar to all of you grape-fanatics, well, that might be because it isn’t a winery. Lyre’s have spent the past few years making waves as an award-winning non-alcoholic spirit brand, but they’re not stopping there. Inspired by the beauty of classic Italian sparkling wines, Lyre’s has dropped their first full-size bottle of non-alcoholic sparkling wine just in time for end of year celebrations! With notes of tart green apple, this bubbly is best served chilled and makes for a delicious cocktail. Why not add Lyre’s Italian Spritz, soda and orange for a perfect non-alcoholic Amalfi Spritz?
Mandala NV Sparkling
M by Mandala is a Yarra Valley cool climate beauty, with a carefully curated blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. With distinct lemon zest from the Chardonnay fruit and spice essences from the Pinot Noir, this cheerful sparkling is one to pop-open pool-side this NYE, pairing beautifully with an antipasto platter. Just be careful not to spill a drop!
Plus and Minus Prosecco
This non-alcoholic Prosecco is another great option for those who want to dance the night away this NYE 2021, but still wake up feeling fresh come January 1st. A dry drop with a finishing note of sweetness, Plus and Minus Prosecco is sure to convince even the most passionate Prosecco drinkers. Use it for your sober celebrations, to flavour your risotto, or pour it guilt-free into your morning orange juice for a mimosa any day of the week!
Steels Gate Blanc de Blanc 2018
If elegance is what you’re after, you can’t go past Steels Gate’s 2018 Blanc de Blanc for your NYE 2021 bubbles. This Method-Tradionelle-styled sparkling is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, cared for by hand and hand-picked from Steels Gate vineyard in Victoria. Crisp and dry with notes of citrus on the palate and a lingering beeswax finish, this is a bottle to pop as the clock strikes midnight.
Tokar Estate 2021 Pét Nat
Who ever said that you can only drink sparkling white on New Year’s Eve? Pét Nat, short for Pétillant Naturel, is the ancient method of making sparkling wine. By trapping the CO2 within the bottle during fermentation, a natural sparkling wine is produced, cloudy in colour from the trapped yeast. Tokar Estate’s Pét Nat is deep salmon in colour, with flavours of blackcurrant and citrus, with a dry finish and sherbet-like fizz. This sparkling is perfect for anyone looking to add a splash of colour to their NYE 2021 celebrations.
Tread Softly Blanc De Blancs Brut
If one of your resolutions is to be more environmentally conscious, Tread Softly is all about saving the planet and making great wine as they do it. With every six bottles of Tread Softly wine sold, they are working towards the restoration of deforested Australian bushland by planting a native Australian tree. Having already planted 500,000 trees, the company has marked this milestone achievement with the launch of their Blanc De Blancs. This moderate alcohol sparkling is a light, fruit-driven drop with lively citrus, apple aromas and an overall balanced acidity. Better yet, they’re made with modern water management techniques to minimise environmental impact!
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