Longtime readers will know that I have a soft spot for sparkling red. Especially grand old Seppelt Great Western, or any disgorgement of Primo Joseph. Great sparkling red I’d happily spend my own wine writer dollars on.
So when I popped the cork on this Zema Estate Sparkling Merlot 2018 and it wasn’t shit, it was a mini triumph. Finally, another choice! It’s a real surprise packet too. A rather chunky and sweet-edged fizz with choc mint richness and a rather voluptuous profile. It’s a bit simple (especially compared to the next-level complexity of typical Joseph disgorgements), but that generosity of flavour is so likeable and the dosage is just right.
Christmas ham is calling.
Best drinking: 24th-26th December this year. Though any day will work over the next few years. 17.7/20, 92/100. 14%, $34.99. Zema Estate website. Would I buy it? Yes.
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