Smalltown Vineyards The Tight Cluster Sparkling Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2014


Smalltown Vineyards (formerly Magpie Estate)

When picking the grapes for this wne, Magpie Estate look for tight clusters of Shiraz as they tend to have more concentration and better flavour than loose clusters... thus the name... simple!

Meet the producer

We are very proud to be associated with Smalltown Vineyards (formerly known as Magpie Estate) of the Barossa Valley -...



The initial wine saw some new oak, but was then transferred into older neutral oak once it was decided to hold the wine back. The blend was put together 3 years later and the wine underwent a secondary fermentation in the bottle. After approx. 13 months, the winemakers decided the wine was ready, decanted into tank adjusted for sugar, and sourced some fabulous young fortified Shiraz for the liqueuring. This wines has been made a touch drier than most other sparkling Shiraz's on the market.

Tasting notes

Red, sparkling, luscious and moorish! A bloody brilliant sparkling red - why aren't there more of these around?! As you pour this tasty wine into your glass, you're instantly captivated by the beautiful rich red nectar with fine spiralling bubbles. The first whiff is of lovely leathery/saddlery aromas and dark red fruit. When the delicate bubbles hit your tongue, soft cracked black pepper mingled with dark spices of cloves and star anise burst forth. Fruit driven, soft with nuances of well rounded raspberry jam - there's such a lovely blob of fruit in this wine, it's delicious!

Food match

All sorts of things from an eye catching apertif, duck paté, juicy rare steak, fall off the bone lamb shanks, to the perfect wine to wash down a sticky chocolate cake!