This juicy and refreshing sparkling rose, which actually tastes like it is made from red grapes, would be lovely on Christmas day!
I’m always on the lookout for sparkling wine from the new world. Most of the premium ones model themselves on Champagne, using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They also tend to use the ‘traditional method’ for making sparkling wine: this is performing the second ferment – the one that gives the wine bubbles – in each individual bottle of resultant wine, rather than lumping it all into a big tank and bottling after this additional ferment.
Jansz is based in Tasmania, that south Australian island with a climate not too dissimilar to Champagne. The wine industry here is relatively young and has yet to take advantage of Tasmania’s diversity coming from its complex geological structure and weather patterns. So far, it’s those grapes that thrive in northern France that have taken off, such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, i.e. the Champagne and Burgundy grapes.
Jansz is well known for its premium sparkling wines which are inspired by Champagne. This dry rose tastes a little fruity but not super ripe: there’s juicy raspberries and wild strawberries which work really well with the creamy note coming from the lees ageing (dead yeast cells basically – which sounds gross but can be delicious!). I also picked up a slightly perfumed rosy note and also some tangerine peel amongst the creamy mousse (wine speak for bubbles!).
At a glance
- Style? Sparkling rose wine
- Where is it from? Tasmania, Australia
- What’s the grape? Pinot Noir
- Tastes of? Raspberries, wild strawberries and cream
- What food would complement it? Great on its own!
Other wines to try from Tasmania: M&S Pure South Tasmania Chardonnay