Jansz Tasmania Late Disgorged Cuvée 1996
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. The 1996 growing season in Tasmania was cool with the Pipers River region experiencing its coolest season in 15 years. These conditions combined with moderate cropping levels to produce grapes with ripe flavours and excellent levels of acidity. The 1996 assemblage is a blend of 59% Chardonnay and 41% Pinot Noir. A portion of the wine was selected for extended lees aging resulting in a late disgorge style that was given six years on yeast lees.