Devilishly good: a summer sparkler from Tasmania
Here’s a prediction: we’re going to hear a lot more about the wines of Tasmania in the next few years.
Perched off Australia’s southern coast, the island apparently has the world’s cleanest air. It is also significantly cooler than the mainland, making it the perfect place to grow the famous Champagne grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier.
Jansz Tasmania Premium Cuvée NV (£17.99 at Waitrose Cellar, or £15.99 at Hennings Wine stores in Sussex and online) is majority Chardonnay, with 40% Pinot Noir and just 2% Meunier and it is made using the ‘traditional method’, just like Champagne. It offers an attractive floral freshness that I’d normally associate with a blanc de blancs, with honeysuckle, creamy lemon posset and a delicate yeasty note. Smooth and well balanced, it’s the perfect summer social sparkler, and it’s also very keenly priced.