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Alpha sparkling: Prosecco; Alpha Box & Dice Glera

Justin Fairweather with Alpha Box & Dice Golden Mullet Fury & Glera Zaptung

This month Decanter reported on world wine consumption trends.  Ten years ago (which is when I visited the region), who would have believed that Prosecco would be driving sparkling wine growth globally.  Forget the style.  In sales’ stature, Prosecco is the alpha fizz!

Famously attuned to fashion, in 2009 the Italians re-christened the Prosecco region’s eponymous grape Glera to prevent others labelling their bubbles Prosecco.  Which is why Alpha Box & Dice’s fizz from the same grape is labelled Glera.  Zaptung Glera to be precise.

And it’s still popular!  Boutinot had run out it by the time I got around to their table at January’s Australia Day Tasting (ADT).  Golden Mullet Fury too, which showcases another trend – whites made with skin contact.  The 2014 Semillon Viognier blend embraced a little too much texture and spice over (oxidative) fruit for my taste, but I enjoyed the Glera bubbles and re-aquainting myself with Alpha Box & Dice Fog Nebbiolo 2014.  It’s the brooding, polar opposite of this playful fizz.

Alpha Box & Dice Zaptung Glera NV (South Australia)

With early-picked Riverland fruit this easy-going, dry fizz delivers fruit and freshness – bright, perfumed pear with lightly lemony undertones.  While the focus is on the fruit, it has nice leesy, slightly (and slightly sweetly) nutty breadth too.  A sense of generosity.  A steady bead and gentle pulse of acidity animate the whole.  Very well done, with a distinct Aussie thumbprint.  10.5% abv  £15.99 at All About Wine

Fans of light hearted but seriously good fizz should also check out this Australian Method Ancestrale Moscato.

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