The Sour Grape

Co-Op Australian Sparkling Wine Brut NV

This isn't a Champagne wanna be, it has its own identity and is all the better for it. Complex, layered and rich… NOM!

This isn’t a Champagne wanna be, it has its own identity and is all the better for it. Complex, layered and rich… NOM!

This is a wine that wears its new world heart on its sleeve. A beautiful deep lemon colour with creamy/yeasty brioche aroma accompanying concentrated citrus, tropical & stone fruits (Lemon; pineapple; apricot; honey and papaya). Intense honeyed tropical fruit (pineapple and papaya) and white blossom on the palate with a long concentrated yeasty finish. An incredibly rich complex sparkling wine, that’s defiantly un-champagne like; yet with all the yeasty/lees aged goodness you associate with them. It has a wide thread of ‘dry honey’ running through it, that I also love in the best champagnes, but here it’s bolstered with ripe tropical and stone fruits. The acidity is poised and balanced perfectly, managing to hold everything together without bringing the tangfastic horror show so many ‘cheap’ champagne and cava suffer from. There’s also an incredibly textural mouth feel thanks to the sizeable portion of Semillon in the blend, bringing a waxy lemon peel to the whole mix. In fairness, however, there a bit of a rough edge to the mouse attack that screams new world, but when the rest of it is this good… frankly I don’t care! This is a real find and incredible quality for £7.99; The Mighty Co-Op does it again.

2 comments for “Co-Op Australian Sparkling Wine Brut NV

  1. Pstork
    15/02/2015 at 18:48

    Where can I buy coop Australian sparkling wine….our local coop do not seem to stock it anymore..

    • admin
      03/07/2015 at 23:49

      Hi… I’m sorry to say it looks they’ve stopped selling it, my local hasn’t had any in for a while either.

      That said, they do rotate their wines fairly regularly… so I’m still holding out hope they’ll bring it back!

      James

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