"BAROSSA-based Thorn-Clarke always delivers bang for your buck. Its Sandpiper table wines are astonishing value and this bubbly follows suit. It is pale copper-pink in colour, with appetising red berry, citrus, spice and lightly yeasty notes on the nose, a smooth, rich palate and a touch of firmness on the lingering, fine aftertaste."
"Pink-tinged silver. Fresh, yeasty aromas of tangerine, pear and peach. Lush and loaded with fresh orchard fruit and soft citrus flavors, with fresh, juicy acidity providing lift and vivacity. Crisp, mineral-driven wine with good breadth and concentration, not to mention real personality. This smokes a number of non-vintage Champagnes, and it's less than half the price of most of them."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 88 pts
"Readers looking for an inexpensive sparkling wine should try the non-vintage Brut Reserve, made from equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that was aged on its lees for six months. A Champagne look-alike, it is surprisingly light on its feet, elegant, and fresh with good effervescence, and plenty of character. Drink it over the next year."
"Yeasty bread dough aromas are soft and supple and there is a lightly sweet hint of creme brulee; a nice balance of its varietals (56% Pinot Noir, 44% Chardonnay), with a full mouthfeel and good structure, along with complex fruit flavors that slowly unfold across the palate; excellent weight on the finish and a clean aftertaste."