Andrew Garrett has long been a go-to option for people looking for cheap-to-moderately priced sparkling wine. There is a sparkling white version as well as this one, the Andrew Garrett Sparkling Shiraz. Both are widely available at the major liquor store chains.
Andrew Garrett founded the label back in 1983 and turned it into a major success before eventually selling it. Sadly, he has since run into some legal troubles, which you can read about here if you have a News Corp subscription. Sorry for linking to a pay-walled article but I wouldn’t want to try to summarise a complex ongoing legal battle here without having been in the courtroom. The Andrew Garrett brand has had a few owners over the years, including Fosters. Today it is in the hands of Vox Beverages, which is probably best known for producing Bickford’s Cordial.
The Review: Andrew Garrett Sparkling Shiraz
There’s blueberries and chocolate on the nose, though there is also something that gentling stings my nostrils, a sort of tartness. This is full bodied, with a prominent line of acidity, especially on the finish. It’s not quite in balance – there’s not enough in the way of sweetness, fruit or tannins to even out that acidity. Still, it’s perfectly drinkable. About right for the price, I’d say.
There are better value options around at similar prices if you’re looking for a nice sparkling shiraz. Check out my reviews of Seppelt’s Original Sparkling Shiraz and The Great Entertainer Sparkling