More than 1,300 sparkling wines rated in 2020, including cheerful, fruity rosés perfect for sipping by the pool and complex, cellar-worthy sparkling wines.

This year our favourites are the iconic producer of champagne, Lambrusco at dinner and chilled Tasmanian sparkling wine. Discover our favourite sparkling wines, perfect for drinking and giving.

Louis Roederer 2014 Brut Rosé (Champagne); $89, 95 points. The Roederer style became drier as the fruit ripens, and this finely balanced champagne is a perfect example. Tense and structured, with a great freshness accompanied by mineral and fruity notes, this wine only just touches the tannins as it approaches maturity. Drinking 2022. Houses Brands & Domains. -Roger Foss

Paltrinieri 2019 Radice (Lambrusco di Sorbara); $20, 95 points. As a result of a second fermentation in the bottle, this brilliant and slightly effervescent wine opens up with heady aromas of citrus fruits, violets and the leavened perfume of bread dough. Dry and savoury, the energetic palate offers flavors of sour cherries, juicy pomegranate, pink grapefruit and white pepper, but also crispy acids and a hint of sharp saltiness. One bottle probably won’t be enough. Vine Lyra. The editor’s choice. -Kerin O’Keefe

Paula Cornell NV Brut Méthode Champenoise (California); $22, 94 points. This first release is amazing and incredibly impressive – a wine worth preserving for its price and quality. A delicious jasmine aroma leads to flavours of marzipan, peach and cherry, while a lively acidity envelops the palate. It’s a mix of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. The editor’s choice. -Virginie Boone

Clover Hill NV Tasmanian Cuvée Méthode Traditionnelle Rosé (Tasmania); $30, 93 points. Clover Hill’s sparkle emphasizes Tasmania’s bravery in serious traditional fizz. This golden rosé wine presents on the nose notes of yeast, honey and boiled pear, with hints of cloves, ginger herbs and cherry blossom. The creamy texture is broken by persistent bubbles. There’s a slight bitterness on the finish, and it lacks a little depth in taste, but overall it’s a rather stylish drop. Little Peacock Imports. -Cristina Picard

 

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The Stefani NV Rive di Refrontolo Brut Nature (Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore); 23.93 points. Lively and full of grace, this beautiful sparkling wine opens with floral and fruity aromas of hawthorn, acacia and yellow pear. A dry and linear palate, accompanied by sparkling foam, offers a ripe green apple, white peach and a spicy mineral note. The lively acidity is balancing and stimulating. Ethica wines. -K.O.

Cave L’Aurance 2015 Brut Milléseimé (Crémant de Bourgogne); $24, 92 points. Notes of ripe mirabelle plum and dried apricot suggest a certain development on the nose. The fine mousse and the fullness in the mouth are the same, with a concentrated and sweet freshness and a subtle autolysis, salt and yeast. Despite its elegance and softness, the air has a fresh nose. Allied Beverage Group. -Ann Krebil MW

Published 30. December 2020

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