One of Australia's most recognisable global brands, Jacob's Creek, is also one of our most popular makers of cheap and cheerful fizz. Jacob's Creek's sparkling range has been bolstered in recent years with the addition of some attractively packaged moscato-styles, but perhaps of more interest is their clear glass-bottled Blanc de Blancs.
Pale-straw and aesthetically straight forward, this 100% chardonnay reveals a fresh and inviting nose of sparkling lemon citrus and white flowers backed by a delightful yeasty tone. The palate has good weight, effervescence and dryness for its price, presenting an uncomplicated yet tightly wound mix of creamy grapefruit and lemon citrus flavours, with a persisting creaminess outlined by spiky lemon sherbet-like acids in a crisp fashion.
ü+ I'll happily jump on board with Quaff's Peter Forrestal here. Jacob's Creek's Blanc de Blancs is a miraculous achievement at $7, which puts other, significantly more expensive sparklings to shame. Who needs cheap pinot grapes at $7 a bottle? House bubbles of the year? Drink now.