BB Review: Jansz NV Brut

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THE WINE

BOTTLE: Jansz NV Brut – Tasmania, Australia

WHERE WE BOUGHT IT & PRICE: £16.99 at Waitrose

ABV & TECH SPECS:  12% ABV. Chardonnay (52%) Pinot Noir (48%)

LET'S GET NERDY: This traditional sparkling wine hails from the Pipers River region of Tasmania. The Jansz vineyard sits to the northeast region of Tasmania in the Tamar Valley. This cool little corner is colloquially known as ‘Sparkling Tasmania’ and temperatures here are moderated by its close proximity to Bass Strait. The area produces exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, perfect for sparkling wines! 

PARTY FACT: Angela here. This is my favourite go-to everyday celebration wine. I think the quality is exceptional for its price point and it's been a favourite in our house for Christmas Day breakfast, birthdays, or for when you just need to rejoice in the fact it's 5pm on a Friday. 

THE VERDICT 

CARO: A bite of Solero ice-cream (the passionfruit/vanilla one) topped-up with a sassy slap of grapefruit.

ANGELA: Mango, lemon, watermelon, vanilla - these are a few of my favourite things... and they are all here! These aromas feel so familiar, comforting and inviting. The body is smooth and full with flavours that follow through from the aroma. The acidity for me is spot-on and fresh. I can still taste it after a few minutes but I can’t wait for another sip! 

KATE: You know when you're on a walk and you stop to pick some cute little raspberries off a bush and that tart raspberry smell pops into the air with each berry you pick? Well, this sparkling wine smelled like that. Tart. Lightly sweet. A little bit like raspberries. And while a wee bit of that raspberry smell came through on the palate, what really came through was grapefruit. In fact, the grapefruit was so deliciously strong that I recommended maybe mixing this with grapefruit juice for a grapefruit mimosa, which prompted Angela to say ‘YOU DO NOT MIX THIS!’ in the same way that Gandalf told the balrog “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!” which was inspiring and scary at the same time. She went on to say that you could, however, put this wine in a champagne cocktail (perhaps a French 75) which would heighten and celebrate the fruit instead of hide it. Because with a wine like this, you don't want to hide the fruit. (#LessonLearned)

WOULD WE HAVE ANOTHER GLASS? Okay, top me up!