Saturday evening was predominantly a beer night (Carlton Draught is my preferred beer quoff) in front of the Hawks v Crows Australian Rules Football game on TV. My team, the Hawks, managed to scrape over the line and will play the Sydney Swans in the grand final fight next Saturday for 2012 Premiership glory.
The last time the Hawks played in the grand final was in September 2008 against the formidable Geelong Cats. Corks was in London at the time and got up at 5am to watch the game live on tv. With Lady P and another mad keen Hawks supporter present, Corks opened a wonderful, non vintage, sparkling white by Jansz - the Premium Cuvee.
Jansz are from Tamar Valley, Tasmania, in the far south of Australia. They have a reputation for producing outstanding quality sparkling wines at very reasonable prices. Compared with Champagne, they are even better value for money. Their Premium Cuvee is about $25 a bottle and their vintage around $35.
I was a little distracted during the game to give careful consideration of the wine, however it was a wine of elegance and balance, and a great alternative to expensive Champagne.
Another bottle of Jansz is a certainty for the game next Saturday.