Rumball Sparkling Wines

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55 Charles Street
Norwood SA 5067
Australia
Phone: 08 8332 2761
Fax: 08 8364 0188
Email: info@rumball.com.au

John Wilson, a fellow sparkling red maker from the Clare Valley in South Australia has spent many hours researching the earliest years of the Sparkling Red style.

Originally called Sparkling Burgundy, the Australian sparkling wine was nothing like any other of the early French sparkling wines. The French wines were possibly made from Pinot Noir or not even red grapes at all. The word "Burgundy" was also used in France to describe Chardonnay and some very light red wines. In Australia, chardonnay was commonly referred to as "White Burgundy".

John Wilson's research found the first Australian Sparkling Burgundy was produced in 1881 by the Victorian Champagne Company. This Company was established by Melbourne doctor and parliamentarian, Louis Lawrence Smith, who employed the talents of French winemaker Auguste D'Argent. Their Sparkling Burgundy was described as being rose-coloured, which placed in very much in the European style, rather than the subsequent Australian style. The first commercial attempt it may have been, but it was short lived, as in 1884 the company went into voluntary liquidation and Auguste D'Argent died later in the same year.

 

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