Enough complexity shows in this great-value sparkler’s nut, plum and ginger notes to keep the educated taster interested. It’s medium-full with a hint of sweetness and an even, persistent bead. Soft, but not mushy, the pear-green herb finish is refreshing, with unexpected length for a wine in this price range.
Seaview (part of the Penfolds group) is clearly aiming for freshness and youthful fruitiness rather than developed flavors. And it succeeds with a rich, yet relatively dry sparkler that sports mouthfuls of lemons, melons and peaches.
Here’s a clean, vibrant sparkler that offers plenty of high-class character at a giveaway price. It has a kick of peach-fruit flavor, and the bubbles are a bit rough and jagged. But it’s perfect for big gatherings that don’t call for the expensive stuff.
It's hard to quibble with the fact that this wine almost always overdelivers for the price: It's fairly widely available and is good alone, or in sparkling cocktails. This year's edition shows wheat flour, ginger and a banana note—unexpected, maybe, but still gets the job done.
The vanilla and pineapple aromas are attractive; on the palate the flavors turn sweet. A rich, syrupy texture adds to this impression. Most Oz wineries are on to the ’98 or ’99 vintages; this may be a bit long in the tooth.