Jansz Tasmania Late Disgorged Cuvée 1997
The Jansz vineyard in the Piper's Brook region of Northern Tasmania is planted on a mantle of red basalt soils. The proximity of Bass Strait moderates the natural cool climate, making it ideal for the slow ripening of fruit which develops intensity of flavour while retaining lingering acidity. 1997 was a low yielding, dry cool year. In short, it was ideal for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir used for Jansz. A cool wet spring was followed by warmer dry weather from Christmas, resulting in restrained berry size and great concentration of flavour. Fruit for Jansz Premium Sparkling was picked at its peak, before autumn rains began in late April. Reserve wines aged in old oak were used in assemblage to add extra dimensions and layers of flavour and a portion of the 1997 vintage wine was kept back and aged on lees for almost 8 years to give the wine increased complexity.