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 Filed as : Regional SpotlightAustralia

Devilishly Good Bubbly

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  • Publish Date: Feb 2, 2010

What comes to mind when someone says Tasmania? The majority of people probably picture the loveable whirling dervish devil Taz from Looney Toons. Although Tasmania may be home to this ravenous, hurricane cartoon devil, it is also one of the premier sparking wine producing regions.

Lying just south of the big island, Tasmania is Australia’s youngest winemaking state and unlike the mainland, this island is the epitome of a cool climate. Grape planting in Tasmania was pioneered by convicts (it is Australia), but the industry did not really take off until famed Champagne producer, Louis Roederer, invested in its sparkling wine production. Roederer is no longer a part of wine production in Tasmania, but his presence invigorated and exposed this region as one of the truly great sparkling wine producers in the world.

We at The Daily Sip™ are particular taken with Clover Hill’s 2004 Tasmania sparkling wine. Made from 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, this sparkler sources its grapes from preeminent vineyards in the Pipers River region of north-east Tasmania. It is a delicate, doughy sparkler that is delicious to sip with fresh seafood or to toast a special occasion.

Discover the beauty that is Tasmanian wine country at: www.winetasmania.com/au

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