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The Performance Tables

Australia: Vintage & Non-vintage

As can be gleaned from the results below, the presence of a vintage on an Australian fizz usually represents a step up in terms of quality, although any variation in the different years is more likely to be attributed more to learning curves than climatic conditions.

91 Pirie 1996 Pipers Brook
89 Pirie 1997 Pipers Brook
88 Croser 1998 Petaluma
86 Croser 1991 Petaluma
85 Chandon Australia 1997 Vintage Blanc de Blancs
84 Green Point by Chandon 1997 Vintage Brut
83 Green Point by Chandon 1997 Vintage Brut Rosé
80 Chandon NV Brut
80 Blue Pyrenees NV Midnight Cuvée Chardonnay
80 Yellowglen 1997 Brut Pinot Noir Chardonnay Pinot Meunier
80 Penley 1994 Coonawarra Pinot Noir Chardonnay
79 Glaetzer 1996 Barossa Valley Sparkling Pinot Noir
79 Omni NV
79 Jacob's Creek Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV Special Cuvée, Selected Reserve
78 White Quartz, Adelaide Hills 1997 Organic Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay
78 Hardys NV R&R Classic Cuvée
78 Wirra Wirra 1997 The Cousins, Pinot Noir Chardonnay
77 Strathbogie Ranges 1997 Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir
77 Yellowglen NV Brut Pinot Noir Chardonnay
77 Sir James 1995 Vintage
76 Barramundi Sparkling NV
76 Yellowglen NV Pinot Noir Chardonnay Grande Cuvée
76 Banrock Station NV Sparkling Chardonnay
75 Seaview 1996 Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs, Vintage Research Brut
74 Flirt NV Fizz
74 Sir James Brut de Brut NV Pinot Noir Chardonnay
74 Brown Brothers NV Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Sparkling, King Valley
74 Jansz of Tasmania NV
74 Blue Pyrenees Reserve Brut NV Chardonnay Pinot Noir Pinot Meunier
73 Sir James Cuvée Brut NV Pinot Noir Chardonnay
72 Hardys Stamp of Australia NV Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir
72 Cranswick NV Pinot Chardonnay
70 Sacred Hill NV Brut Cuvée SEA

Australian: sparkling red

This is very much Australia's own style of sparkling wine. Most wines in this category are sparkling Shiraz, but you can get fizzed up versions of Cabernet, Merlot and various blends. The appearance of Pinot Noir is a rarity, especially in its pure form, which is odd since the first Australian red fizz was a "Sparkling Burgundy" back in 1881. The wines today are generally on the sweet side, very deep in colour and fall into one of two categories: cedary-oaky or fruit-driven. The sight of anything this colour with bubbles can give those brought up on Champagne a shock and this is only made worse by the big smack of tannin encountered in those sparkling red wines of the cedary-oaky style. Champagne drinkers who refuse to consider anything other than the genuine article will be brought within a mile of these wines, but those who are positively interested in the development of sparkling wines beyond the confines of northern France should at least try to understand Australian sparkling red wine. Although the bulk of Aussie red fizz is seen as nothing more (or anything less) than barbecue fodder, there is something of a cult-following for the very best wines.

90 Charles Melton NV Barossa Valley Sparkling Red
87 Nero NV Sparkling Shiraz
85 Chandon Australia NV Sparkling Red, Pinot Noir/Shiraz
85 Balnaves of Coonawarra 1999 Sparkling Cabernet
85 The Black Queen 1996 Sparkling Shiraz
85 Joseph NV Sparkling Red
84 Andrew Harris 1997 Double Vision Mudgee Sparkling Shiraz
80 Haselgrove NV McLaren Vale Garnet SG-7
80 Miranda 1994 Sparkling Shiraz, Barossa Old Vine Reserve
80 Omni NV Red
80 Leasingham Classic Clare 1994 Sparkling Shiraz
80 Glaetzer NV Barossa Valley Sparkling Shiraz
78 McLarens on the Lake NV Sparkling Red Shiraz
77 Willows Vineyard, The Doctor NV Sparkling Red, Shiraz/Pinot Noir
75 Tatachilla NV Sparkling Malbec