In a nutshell: A rich, complex and full flavoured Australian sparkling wine from Tasmania.
The lowdown: The cool climate growing conditions on Tasmania make it a good place for sparkling wine production which is what Jansz have been doing since 1986 and they're responsible for some of the best sparklers to come from here. This is a blend of 53% Chardonnay, 44% Pinot Noir and a little Pinot Meunier which is given a lengthy lees ageing before disorgement allowing it to develop flavour, complexity and depth. It's got lovely, honeyed apple fruit aromas which mingle with stone fruit, citrus and complex, yeast lees flavours. Rich and creamy on the palate with a delicate fizz and plenty of vibrant acidity on the finish, it's also fresh and elegant with great length.
When to drink: An easy Champagne alternative this makes the ideal aperitif sparkler and, well chilled, is also good with seafood and shellfish.
Jansz's origins start In 1986 when the Champagne house Louis Roederer, seeing similarities between the Tasmanian climate and that of their own part of northern France, partnered with the owners of Heemskerk Wines to produce Tasmania's first premium vintage sparkling wine.
In 1997, the Hill-Smith family purchased the vineyard and began the journey that has seen Jansz Tasmania become the most highly regarded sparkling wine house in Australia. The winery is situated in the Pipers Brook area not far from the north coast of the island.
The name Jansz pays homage to Tasmania's namesake, the Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman who first sighted the island in 1642. In fact, when it was established in 1975, the current Jansz vineyard was originally named after Tasman's ship, the Heemskerk.