We have just taken stock of some great new wines from ground breaking winery Jansz in Tasmania. This wind swept isle off the southern coast of the Aussie mainland has quickly built a reputation as one of the most exciting genuinely cool-climate growing regions in the world. The region hangs its hat on elegant and refined Pinot Noir, bright, crisp Chardonnay and wildly aromatic and defined Riesling. Sparkling wines made from the traditional Champagne varietals are also catching the eye (or taste buds) of consumers and critics alike. In fact the Jansz NV "Premium Cuvee" recently took top honors at the Decanter International Wine Awards for Best International Sparkler! Jansz was Tasmania's first sparkling wine to be made according to the traditional Méthod Champenoise and, is the only Tasmanian specialist solely devoted to the art of sparkling winemaking. For more information about the winery please check out the link: http://www.jansztas.com/
The Jansz NV "Premium Cuvee" is packed with pears and stone fruits. A rich toasty mid-palate from extended maturation on the lees and a bright citric, mouthwatering finish. A direct purchase from the importer makes this fantastically priced for a wine of this quality at $19.99!
We also have the Jansz NV Premium Sparkling Rose,$19.99, this wine possesses bright Pinot Noir red fruited notes, strawberries, sweet toasty grains, Graham Cracker and pie crust. The finish again has a hint of zippy cranberry acid that keeps you coming back for another sip.
Much has been written about the state of Australian wine in the US market recently, and I for one believe that the cool-climate peripheral regions will lead the charge in the recovery of Australian wine sales (or at least lead the charge in changing the perception of Australian wines) in the USA.
In Tasmania and across the Bass Straight on the Mornington Peninsula and Macedon Ranges in Victoria, grapes are being grown in a climate comparable to that of Burgundy or even Champagne. Dedicated growers and winemakers are producing wines of brightness, high acidity and elegance. Stay tuned to the Terra Ignota Blog series for more of these wines coming your way; and for now grab some of these world beating bubbles from Jansz and see what you think!
NZ & Aussie Wine Specialist
K&L Wine Merchants - Redwood City
Terra Ignota is Latin for "Unknown Land". It was the name for the South Pacific region during intial mapping and exploration of Australia and New Zealand. As we are going to be exploring new and exciting wines from this region, we think this is a fitting title for our blog series on wines from this part of the world. Stay tuned for more!