Jansz Tasmania

Méthode Tasmanoise

Méthode Tasmanoise

Méthode to the Madness

It could be argued we’re completely mad growing grapes in the wild and unforgivingly cold Tasmanian environment. But there’s méthode to our madness.

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 Champenoise.

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.

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Pipers River

Perfectly Positioned

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.

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Past & Present

Destined for Greatness

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.

Natalie Fryar

A Sparkling Career

When a friend’s winemaker father showed her around the winery, a young Natalie Fryar knew right away she wanted to make wine. The artistry and romance of it drew her in completely.

Natalie threw herself into a career that has taken her all over Australia and the world. She came to Jansz Tasmania in 2001 after creating some of Australia’s most awarded red and white sparkling wines.

Since then Natalie has been instrumental in establishing Jansz as Australia’s sparkling wine specialist. Consequently, she is now recognised as one of the country’s leading sparkling winemakers.

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  • Jansz Premium Cuvée NV

    • Honeysuckle and citrus scents are immediately apparent with slight aromas of nougat, roasted nuts and a sniff of strawberry from the Pinot Noir. Delicate fruits and creaminess wash through the mouth leaving a lingering finish of citrus and nougat.

    • Conditions

      Fruit grown on selected, cool climate vineyards across Tasmania.

      Viticulture and Winemaking

      To maximize blending options and complexity in the final wine, batches are kept separate during winemaking.

      Secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle and is aged on yeast lees for as long as possible.

      The average age of the final blend is around two years.

      The Wine

      Honeysuckle and citrus scents are immediately apparent.

      Slight aromas of nougat, roasted nuts and a hint of strawberry from the Pinot Noir.

      Delicate fruits and creaminess fills the mouth with a lingering finish of citrus and nougat.

      The Nitty Gritty

      • Composition 52% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot Noir
      • Growing Area Tasmania
      • Harvest Date March/April
      • Time in Oak 9 month
      • Winemaker Natalie Fryar
      • pH 3.12
      • Acidity 6.8g/L
      • Alcohol 12.5%
      • Residual Sugar 8.5g/L
  • Jansz Premium Rosé NV

    • Vibrant yet delicate pink hue, fine persistent bead and a suggestion of Turkish Delight and rose petal florals in the nose, combine with mousse creaminess and strawberries on the tongue to leave a refreshing, mouth-watering finish.

    • Conditions

      Fruit grown on selected, cool climate vineyards across Tasmania.

      Specially selected and crafted individual batches form the basis of this Rosé.

      Viticulture and Winemaking

      Based upon Jansz wines from several vintages.

      Batches are kept separate during winemaking to maximize blending options and final wine complexity.

      Secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle and is aged on yeast lees for as long as possible.

      Average age of the final blend is around eighteen months.

      The Wine

      Look for a vibrant delicate pink hue with a fine persistent bead.

      Subtle nose of Turkish Delight and rose petal florals.

      Mousse creaminess and strawberries on the tongue with a refreshing finish.

      The Nitty Gritty

      • Composition 68% Pinot Noir 26% Chardonnay 6% Pinot Meunier
      • Growing Area Tasmania
      • Harvest Date March/April
      • Time in Oak 7 month
      • Winemaker Natalie Fryar
      • pH 3.11
      • Acidity 6.7g/L
      • Alcohol 12.5%
      • Residual Sugar 9g/L
  • Jansz Vintage Cuvée 2008

    • Gorgeous yeast ageing greets the nose along with toast, brioche and cream, whilst the tongue embraces quince, honeysuckle and classic notes of ripe lemon. Expect a hint of strawberry and rosewater from the Pinot Noir too.

    • Conditions

      The growing season was warmer across almost all of Tasmania with good rainfall at ideal times.

      This resulted in healthy canopies allowing generous crops of grapes to ripen well.

      Viticulture and Winemaking

      Every block was hand-harvested separately and the fruit kept in individual batches.

      Each batch was handled gently and fermented in select barrels before a careful assemblage.

      Four and a half years ageing on yeast lees has taken the final wine to another level.

      The Wine

      The palest gold colour and delicate bead.

      Enticing scents of lemon curd, white flowers and fresh cream.

      Delicate flavours of rose petals, candied lemon peel, roasted hazelnut and cashews.

      The Nitty Gritty

      • Composition 55% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir
      • Growing Area Tasmania
      • Harvest Date March/April
      • Time in Oak 9 months (50% vol)
      • Winemaker Natalie Fryar
      • pH 2.97
      • Acidity 6.9g/L
      • Alcohol 12%
      • Residual Sugar 8.4g/L
  • Jansz Vintage Rosé 2010

    • Intense aromas of Turkish Delights, rosewater and strawberries fill the nose, while the mouth comes alive with luscious layers of Pinot truffles and the creaminess of bright rose and strawberry fruits.

    • Conditions

      After four years of drought, the beginning of the 2010 growing season brought superb winter rains.

      The subsequent warm spring and dry summer saw a return to good yields and the fruit quality was exceptional in the Jansz vineyard.

      Viticulture and Winemaking

      Just two blocks within the Jansz vineyard of our best Pinot Noir were selected, nurtured and tended specifically for our 2010 Vintage Rosé.

      These grapes were then fermented in old French oak.

      Following tirage and secondary fermentation in the bottle, the wine has had more than three years ageing on yeast lees to develop complexity and sophistication.

      The Wine

      Pale colour resembling rose petals or pink diamonds.

      Powerful nose full of toast and richness.

      Elegant palate of vibrant red fruits, creaminess and a touch of fine tannin, with a lingering, mouth-watering finish.

      The Nitty Gritty

      • Composition 100% Pinot Noir
      • Growing Area Pipers River, Tasmania
      • Harvest Date 18th – 30th March 2010
      • Time in Oak 9 months
      • Winemaker Natalie Fryar
      • pH 3.19
      • Acidity 6.6g/L
      • Alcohol 12%
      • Residual Sugar 9.1g/L
      • Disgorged 29th January 2013
  • Jansz Late Disgorged Vintage Cuvée 2005

    • Look out for whiffs of lemon and white nectarines while ripe lemon curd, poached pears, truffled honey, toasted almonds and spices, all explode on the tongue. Eight years in the bottle and well worth the wait.

    • Conditions

      2005 was an outstanding vintage for the Jansz Tasmania vineyard.

      A very cool 2004 August, and the following cool, dry ripening period, produced low crops but fruit of great flavour.

      Viticulture and Winemaking

      Remarkable vigilance in the vineyard rewarded us with batches of very high quality wine.

      Gentle handling, select barrel fermentation and careful assemblage blending.

      Four years ageing on lees has given the final wine classical yeast complexity.

      The extra years maturing in the bottle have added depth to rival the world’s greatest sparkling wines.

      The Wine

      Pale gold in colour with a fine, persistent bead.

      Complex nose with intense notes of sea spray and shucked oysters, brioche and truffle.

      Richly layered palate with flavours of caramelised pears, truffled honey and toasted almonds.

      The Nitty Gritty

      • Composition 51% Chardonnay, 49% Pinot Noir
      • Growing Area Tasmania
      • Harvest Date March/April 2005
      • Time in Oak 4 months (40% vol)
      • Winemaker Natalie Fryar
      • pH 3.2
      • Acidity 6.8g/L
      • Alcohol 12%
      • Residual Sugar 7.1g/L
      • Disgorged Progressively from January 2012
  • Jansz Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2007

    • Beautiful wafts of white chocolate, truffles and fresh beeswax with hints of nougat, roasted hazelnuts and parmigiano dancing around the mouth. Very limited number available. The pinnacle of cool climate art.

    • Conditions

      Tasmania’s most severe spring frost for 30 years. Vines were spared from frost and were granted a very long, cool ripening period producing one of the decade’s best vintages.

      Viticulture and Winemaking

      Two tiny blocks of Chardonnay were hand-tended and whole bunch pressed. Fermented and matured in aged French barriques. Four years in the bottle aging on lees to develop richness and finesse.

      The Wine

      Pale straw, gold in colour with a fine, jewel-like bead. Expect aromas of white chocolate, truffles and fresh beeswax with hints of nougat, roasted hazelnuts and parmigiano in the mouth.

      A tiny 1,479 bottles were produced – one of Jansz’s smallest ever releases.

      The Nitty Gritty

      • Composition 100% Chardonnay
      • Growing Area Pipers River, Tasmania
      • Harvest Date 3-5 April 2007
      • Time in Oak 9 months
      • Winemaker Natalie Fryar
      • pH 3.09
      • Acidity 7.6g/L
      • Alcohol 12%
      • Residual Sugar 8.4g/L
      • Disgorged 12 December 2011

Wine Room

Located adjacent to the vineyard, and overlooking a picturesque lake, the Jansz Tasmania Wine Room offers visitors the opportunity to find out why Tasmanian sparkling is among the best in the world while being guided through a tasting of the Jansz Tasmania range.

Jansz Tasmania Wine Room and Interpretive Centre

1216B Pipers Brook Road
 , Pipers Brook, TAS 7254 Driving directions from Launceston

Open 7 days a week from 10am until 4:30pm. Open from 12 noon on Anzac Day. Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday. Groups of ten or more by appointment only.

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