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A nationwide champagne supply bottleneck has left many this holiday season looking for a less familiar glass of champagne, offering a potential windfall to famous local producers to fill the void. Champagne, like dozens of other products this year, has been hampered by prolonged shipping delays due to the pandemic. These supply constraints have been further compounded by a difficult growing season and yo-yo demand for sparkling wines over the past two years. The global French champagne bottleneck hit a burst point earlier this month, forcing big retailers like Dan Murphy’s to place a per-customer limit on brands like Moet or Pol Roger. Michele Round, who runs the Launceston Pinot store in Tasmania. champagnes often sought after at this time of the year. “As beautiful as some of the big names are, if you spend the same amount of money on something Tasmanian, you will get something really special and unique,” ​​she said. And according to Ms. Round, the choices available to someone looking for some champagne in the state are better than ever. “Our range of Tasmanian sparkling wines has probably grown more than any other area in the boutique over the past few years,” she said. The boutique’s hand-picked bubbly selection bloomed on a full shelf two years ago, and Ms. Round believes the line has everything one could want in a successful New Years Eve drink. “They’re all selling very well, from a small producer in Lilydale to these very well-known brands like Janz,” she added. Ms. Round also noted producers like Pirie Tasmania – founded by Andrew Pirie of Pipers Brook fame – and Stefano Lubiana as two other sparkling choices highly regarded by her customers. For those looking for something on the luxury side of the market, Ms Round called attention to a relatively new producer in the state, Henskens Rankin from Tasmania, who typically sells for over $ 100 a bottle. That said, when asked which bottle she would choose for her own New Year’s Eve celebrations, Ms. Round was quick to point out a bottle of vintage Bellbonne rosé – which recently won the award for best sparkling rosé at Halliday Wine. Companion Awards 2022.. “It’s sumptuous and there are hints of Turkish delight. It’s like smelling roses.”