Jansz Tasmania

Brand Description

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 Jansz vineyard was originally named after Tasman’s ship, the Heemskerk. In 1986, esteemed Champagne house - Louis Roederer partnered with the owners of Heemskerk Wines to produce Tasmania’s first premium vintage sparkling wine. They saw the similarities between the climate here and the famous wine region of their homeland. 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.

Location of Vineyard

The Jansz Tasmania vineyard sits to the northeast of the island state within the Pipers River region of the Tamar Valley. This cool little corner is colloquially known as ‘Sparkling Tasmania’. Temperatures here are moderated by close proximity to Bass Strait. The ocean breezes keep the temperature up during winter – minimising risk of frost, and down in summer – allowing our grapes to ripen slowly and develop intense, delicate and refined flavours. Resting on a bed of pure, red, free-draining basalt soils, the Jansz vineyard truly is the perfect site to grow grapes for world-class sparkling wines. 

Winemaking Philosophy

The climatic conditions of the Jansz vineyard rival the famed French wine region of Champagne. In fact, it was originally with French contribution that Jansz became Tasmania’s first sparkling made using the traditional Méthode. Today we call it, Méthode Tasmanoise. It’s the essence of a partnership between the environment and our winemaker. Just as the cool Tasmanian climate creates spectacular beauty in nature, it is also instrumental in the creation of art in bottles. At Jansz, our focus is on the vineyard. We believe the vineyard is where the wine is born. Every day during the growing  season, our winemaker walks the vines and tastes the grapes to gain an intimate understanding of each of our twenty three one-hectare blocks. This experience informs every decision we make from picking to fermenting. Our focus on the vineyard has been instrumental in establishing Jansz Tasmania as Australia’s sparkling wine specialist.

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"The juxtaposition between fresh lemon and apple fruit of this cool vineyard and the gloriously toasty, spicy, honeyed, ginger theatrics of barrel fermentation (50%) and 4.5 years lees age has attained a thrilling crescendo in Jansz '10. It's finely textured, magnificently persistent and driven by a scintillating acid line. One of the greats from this exceptional vineyard."
— acclaim for 2010 Jansz Tasmania Vintage Cuvée from James Halliday, Oct 2016
“Co-fermented chardonnay, pinot noir and meunier in this impressive sparkling, which offers elegance and focus. Savory aromas, such as grilled bread and almond pastry meld with lemon and spiced pink berry. The palate takes a smoothly refreshing line, from the start to the crisp, dry finish.”
— acclaim for 2017 Jansz Tasmania Vintage Cuvée from James Suckling, Oct 2022
“Rose petal perfume leads to a sharp crunch of raspberry that defines the front palate, but it’s the soft, creamy texture that proves most seductive. This generous vintage amplifies strawberry plushness from the 100% Pinot Noir, with two-and-a-half years on lees adding brioche and nougat. A firm acid spine gives this lean, understated rosé length and focus.”
— acclaim for 2018 Jansz Tasmania Vintage Rosé from Decanter, Aug 2022
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