Adding a Bubbly Sparkle to Mardi Gras

Adding a Bubbly Sparkle to Mardi GrasBy David Ellis from vintnews.

Yellowglen’s wrapped a lot of different labels around its bottles of Australian sparkling wines since the first hit the shelves over forty years ago, labels that have helped see this bubbly become the country’s most popular sparkling.

But probably none of those labels has been quite so eye-catching as their limited edition Rainbow Celebration Brut Cuvee coinciding with the 38th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and featuring the red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple stripes of the pride flag.

Company Creative Director, Samantha Wills came up with the idea of the Rainbow Celebration fizz and its label, saying that as a brand “Yellowglen is an icon of Australian celebration, standing for joy and empowerment that has inspired generations of Australians with its approachable, fun-loving style.”

“This limited edition is a bright and colourful reflection of our values and our celebration of equality and inclusion.”

Crisp and refreshing, Yellowglen Rainbow Celebration Brut Cuvee has distinct melon and citrus flavours and a dry finish; at just $13 it’s excellent Mardi Gras partying value, or with anytime seafood or chicken salads. Available from select outlets while stocks last.

One to note: rosé appears to be enjoying a somewhat healthy renaissance in this country at the moment, with one maker, Peter Logan at Mudgee in NSW saying he’s not at all surprised as, in his words “it’s a style that makes a lot of sense Down Under, a great go-to wine year-round for our lifestyle and climate.”

And his own 2015 Apple Tree Flat Rosé is typical of why so many of us are once more turning to the pink drop, this one teasing with lovely red berry aromas, flavours of watermelon and spice, a crunchy, tangy finish and that oh-so-alluring pink.

Enjoy on its own on a hot day now, or match with a hearty chicken tagine or pumpkin and leek quiche as the months turn cooler – the more-so as it’s a steal at only $13.