Winery: Banrock Station
Region: Riverland, South Australia
Style: Australian Sparkling Red (sweet)
Banrock Station’s Reserve Sparkling Shiraz is dark crimson; fluffy and beady head on a medium body. Brambley nose with a hint of mint. On the palate, it is creamy and extremely soft; quite sweet with strong plum and raspberry cordial elements, and little-to-no dryness. Quite inoffensive, not particularly complex, but you can expect too much for a $10: 2.5/5
Have a read through the links below. Banrock Station, according to SA’s Environment Dept, “is the first internationally important wetland site to be designated in South Australia that is entirely located on private land. The management of the wetland complex is the responsibility of [Banrock parent] BRL Hardy Wine Company”. Much of Banrock Station’s materials cite their conservation funding and efforts.
- Banrock Station Wetland Complex @ DENR
- Banrock Station Wetlands @ Wikipedia
- Banrock awarded the 2002 Ramsar Wetland Conservation Award
- Banrock’s August newsletter (pdf)
- Getaway (Channel 9) featurette
- Partnership with Landcare (via DAFF)
- Landcare and Banrock’s water usage calculator
- Canadian Salmon efforts
- Hopefully the conservation efforts continue now Constellation has sold Hardy’s to CHAMP
Not in the mood? If you’re up for something sweet and berry-flavoured, but don’t feel like a sparkling shiraz, a good bet is the Rekorderlig Wild Berry Cider. Apparently there’s an Apple and Blackcurrant variation coming to Australia too!