Alissa Jenkins and the wine lovers at Australian Traveller magazine put Aussie Sparkling Shiraz to the quaff test.

Shingleback Black Bubbles Sparkling Shiraz, NV

Deep garnet in colour, this award-winning bottle of bubbles has a great blackcurrant aroma, with a hint of liquorice and tobacco. The blackcurrant characters continue onto the palate, along with some subtle chocolaty goodness that is balanced by good acidity. It has a long finish and overall, a top example of this style. $22.95,

Peregrine Ridge Heathcote Sparkling Shiraz, NV

This is one for the sweet tooths – straight away, a sweet plum and blackcurrant nose sets the scene for big fruity flavours to come. More plums, cherries and spicy overtones coat the mouth, with medium bubbles and a soft finish. Very easy to drink! $34,

Jester Hill Sparkling Shiraz, 2009

Rich purple to look at; this sparkling red from Queensland’s Granite Belt has a savoury aroma, with a pepper and plum tinge. Some plum characters appear on the palate at first, but overall it is a dry drop, with good, rounded tannins that tend to linger. $30,

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