A more somber garnet color than some other sparkling Shirazes, with seemingly lower pressure and a more vinous character. Vanilla, leather and cherry notes finish close to dry. A very good, inexpensive introduction to the genre.
De Bortoli’s Emeri line of sparkling wines are not conventional Pinot Noir-Chardonnay blends. This one is Pinot Grigio with bubbles, the usually muted aromas of the variety perked up to show grapefruit and fig notes. The wine is soft and fullish in body, with hints of fig coming through on the palate.