In a nutshell: A lovely pale pink, soft and creamy Australian sparkling rosé from Tasmania
The lowdown: Tasmania is Australia's best sparkling wine region and Jansz have been doing just that for several decades and make some of the best wines on the island. Their Premium Cuvée Rosé is made from 68% Pinot Noir, 26% Chardonnay and a small bit of Pinot Noir in the traditional method with secondary fermentation in botte. It has a delightful pale, salmon pink colour with lovely delicate summer fruits aromas, elegant bubbles and a real feel of strawberries and cream on the tongue. The good concentration of fruit is well supported by complex, yeasty notes and fresh acidity and it's got great length as well.
When to drink: Its delicacy of colour and flavour make it a great aperitif, but also a plate of oysters, or a carpaccio of beef go down a treat.
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.