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Yes, $125 a bottle, and worth every cent if you’re a lover of vintage Champagne and that region’s rarefied prestige cuveáes.For me, there’s never been a better Tasmanian sparkling wine, and that’s a big call given the quality of the 1995 Pirie and the many award-winning Jansz and Arras wines that have been produced over the years. Sublime, with fabulous weight and texture.

NV Jansz Premium Non Vintage Cuveáe $18.95 CDWith New Year upon us, what Tasmanian sparkling wine could provide more fun and value for money than a chilled bottle of non- vintage Jansz? OK, it doesn’t enjoy the kudos of its more expensive and sophisticated vintage sibling, but the wine still offers a lovely soft creamy palate with plenty of drinking pleasure.Buy a six-bottle case and watch the wine improve over the next six-12 months.

2005 Holyman Pinot Noir $45 CDSince taking up ownership in 2004, Joe and Louise Holyman have devoted tremendous time and energy to improving the drainage and viticulture of Gravelly Beach’s old Rotherhythe Vineyard.The full effects will be seen in elevated wine quality in coming years. In the meantime, the couple’s premium Holyman pinot illustrates the site’s vast potential. There’s plenty of style and substance here.

2007 Stefano Lubiana alfresco $24 CDWith summer well and truly with us, this fruity little wine from Granton’s Steve and Monique Lubiana is just the thing to be enjoying out of doors now, or to drink alongside those yummy curried scallop pies that pop up at this time of the year at places like the Taste of Tasmania.It’s a delicious drink, and with three or four months under its belt, it appears a tad drier and better balanced than it did on release.

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