By Leigh O'Connor.
"There comes a time in every woman’s life, when the only
thing that helps is a glass of champagne.” ~ Bette Davis.
Australian women love their wine, be it red, white or that
bubbly stuff that tickles the nose and encourages giggles of delight.
Sipping a cold beer is central to Australia’s national
identity – Aussies drink the equivalent of 670 Olympic-sized swimming pools a
year! However, for most women, just the
sound of a cork popping signals the start of a party, celebration or special
toast, making bubbles the ideal choice to make Mum sparkle this Mother’s Day.
In the words of some influential people in history, bubbles
are a necessity in life – not an extravagance:
"I only drink champagne on two occasions, when I am in love
and when I am not." ~ Coco Chanel.
"Remember gentlemen, it is not just France we are fighting
for, it’s champagne!" ~ Winston Churchill.
"Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!" ~ Dom Perignon, monk
and cellar master attributed with the discovery of champagne, upon first
So, as we get ready to celebrate the importance of
motherhood in our lives, we’ve put together a snapshot of some of the best
Australian sparkling wines and cheese available to spoil Mum with bubbles and
laughter come Sunday, May 13.
Make Mum feel like a million dollars with a bottle of
Sparkling Gold, available exclusively from Jane
Brook Estate Wines on Toodyay Road in the heart of the Swan Valley. This
family-run winery has been producing award-winning wines for more than 45
years, along with fresh produce and picnic hampers available at the cellar door
Made from Margaret River Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc
grapes, glitzy and glamorous Sparkling
Gold swirls with extravagant flakes of 23-carat Western Australian gold
leaf and is presented in a handmade bottle from Italy.
On the nose, it has crisp notes of citrus, slightly charred
orange, daisies, toast and a touch of caramel; while on the palate it is
pretty, elegant and easy drinking with the flavours of granny smith apples. Try
pairing this drop with 2018
Australian Grand Dairy Awards white mould cheese champion King
Island Dairy Discovery Ash Brie, for a creamy and slightly nutty
accompaniment to artisan crackers.
‘Life is short – celebrate well,’ is the motto of Leura
Park Estate on Portarlington Road at Curlewis. Located on the
picturesque Bellarine Peninsula, this boutique winery is renowned as one of the
region’s best, with a rustic cellar door offering wine tastings and live music
every Sunday. From here, comes our second bubbles for Mum – Grand
Vintage Cuvee Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay.
The red fruits from the Pinot Noir component are evident in
the form of cherry, strawberries, green melon and grapefruit, while a fine bead
and creamy texture result in this wine having great length and balance. Team
this decadent drop with a classic mild soft unripened cheese like Dairy Award
Ovoline, from Victorian producer Montefiore Cheese at
Exemplifying the spirit of Swan Valley, Edgecombe
Brothers Winery on Gnangara Road at Henley Brook, offers a range of wines
Sparkling Chardonnay at the cellar door. Nestled on the western entrance of
the historic WA wine region and carving a reputation as a local icon, Edgecombe
Brothers is more than just a vineyard with tasty fare from the café, or pick up
some local estate-grown produce such as asparagus, broad beans and jam.
Treat Mum to this non-vintage sparkling, made in Blanc de
Blanc style from Chardonnay grapes, with fresh fruit characters of apple and
pear, for a refreshing and easy drinking drop. Start your meal with a glass of
this breezy bubbles, enjoy it on its own at your Mother’s Day celebration, or
perhaps with a slice of award-winning Riverine Blue from Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese,
at Fish Creek in South Gippsland.
Want to find more bubbles to make Mum shine? Click here for a look at
wineries around the country.