Monday, December 6, 2010


- Pipers River, TAS
- $36-$45
- Cork
- 12.5%alc

The quality of Jansz Tasmania's entry level sparkling wines have been so good over recent years, that I've often overlooked the brand's premier releases. This oversight was given a serious shake-up recently, when I tasted the spectacular 2002 Late Disgorged Jansz (95pts).

The complexity of Jansz's 2005 Vintage perplexes me. Its character laden fragrance is seriously funked up and wild; lashing out with rebelling notes of tangerine citrus woven through cream, toasted nuts and brioche, but there's also a riper, richer fruit component better resembling white nectarine, as well as an ethereal aromatic cocktail of oyster shell and melted white chocolate to behold. Its palate is very rich, luxuriantly creamy and round, with a full-on expanse of soft, clean flavours likened to mineral, cream and citrus augmented by oyster shell notes, with this fishy funkiness becoming more apparent in its transition to a more savoury, complex finish. Thankfully, it tightens through the finish in a structured, shell-like fashion, conceived more through tingly acids than refreshing effervescence. Although creamy and foamy, the effervescence could use a lot more sparkle and definition for my tastes.

O Round, clean, foamy and complex, but I'd loved to of seen more effervescent tightness, length and finesse. For me, the 2005 Vintage Jansz has everything the non-vintage release needs to be a spectacular wine, without the attributes that make the standard wine such a belter. Drink to 2012.
91 points

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