Jansz Premium Cuvée Rosé NV

The Premium Rosé is a charmer, with fragrant raspberry shortbread, pear and frangipane wrapped up in a sweet floral freshness. It closes in with lovely clarity and dryness. Dosage is felt in the mid palate, but it stops short of cloying.

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Date Tasted : 23/01/2020

/ Jansz, NV, Rosé, Tasmania

Jansz Premium Cuvée NV

I was possibly even more impressed with the Premium Cuvée, all lemons, lime, peach and almond with some fresh bread richness and a real deftness on the palate. Delicate, but there’s a proper finish with some ripe, grippy citrus fruit.

16.5

Date Tasted : 23/01/2020

/ Classic Blend, Jansz, NV, Tasmania

Croser Croser NV

The Croser NV is a sweet-natured, sunny Chardonnay-dominant fizz made in a very attractive ripe lemon, peach and butter style. Going a little tropical, perhaps, but not blowsy.

15.5

Date Tasted : 23/01/2020

/ Australia, Classic Blend, Croser, NV

Croser Croser Rosé NV

Better is the Croser Rosé NV, showing a bit more definition with its very pretty raspberries and redcurrants. Some ground almond richness and peppery spice too. This is well worth a look at £19.99, although it is a bit short of Jansz’s refinement at the same price.

16.5

Date Tasted : 23/01/2020

/ Australia, Croser, NV, Rosé

Arras ‘A’ By Arras NV

‘A’ By Arras is the freshest, most direct wine in the portfolio, showing off vivid lime and grapefruit fruit alongside gentle dairy notes. At RRP of £19.99 this is a slightly edgier style than the Jansz entry level, but equally convincing.

16.5

Date Tasted : 23/01/2020

/ Arras, Classic Blend, NV, Tasmania

Arras Brut Elite 1501 NV, 2015 Base

Brut Elite 1501 is the current iteration of the mid-tier wine, and starts to show some real Arras character. Struck match and lime oil open up, whilst fenugreek spice and some nice wild buttery richness are thrown against a cleansing freshness on the palate. The marine, sea-spray sort of saltiness is here too. There is some real intensity of tropical fruit lurking, but this shows a quieter style than the vintage wine. Some may prefer it.

17.5

Date Tasted : 23/01/2020

/ 2015 Base, Arras, Classic Blend, NV, Tasmania

Cottonworth Classic Cuvée NV, 2014 Base

The Classic Cuvée NV is a perennial favourite, displaying the quality of the vineyards here. It seems to achieve a fuller, more distinguished Chardonnay expression than many of its local peers, with freshness of truly ripe, rich lemon, sweet red apple and a lovely red fruit element sitting in front of baked pear, icing sugar and almond. A touch of chalky grip, too. There is a dimensionality of flavour here that sets it apart amongst the Classic Cuvées in the room.

17.5

Date Tasted : 07/02/2020

/ 2014 Base, Classic Blend, Cottonworth, England, NV

Digby Fine English Leander Pink NV

50% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier. This is excellent. Pear and toasted almond, sweet magnolia and some delicate quince fruit at first, before some richness from butter pastry and a touch of spicy vanilla slide in; it appears, to me, to have subtle some oak influence, but this isn’t mentioned anywhere so may be an illusion! It’s delicately handled, for sure. Lovely measured progression on the palate, staying knitted together throughout with a fine mousse. Real finesse.

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Date Tasted : 13/09/2019

/ Digby Fine English, England, NV, Rosé

Digby Fine English NV Brut NV, 2014 Base

The NV Brut (2014 Base, 40% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Meunier) is a zippy, attractive assembly of wild apple, herbs and autumn red fruit character underpinned by subtle creaminess. A style of gentle richness seems on the cards, but there’s a streak of brightness and tension – the acidity is actually quite serious but age and dosage (12 g/l) play the balancing game effectively.

16

Date Tasted : 13/09/2019

Lyme Bay Winery Brut Reserve NV

I had to select this as it’s one of those rare, unique and very non-Champagne blends that just works! Pinot Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Reichensteiner – a miniature stroke of genius this one, with the Reichensteiner offering up a little grapey, floral muscat deliciousness to sit alongside the more classical yellow apple, citrus and a nice, controlled herbal character. Youthful on the palate, and fun without being flippant – yes there is sweetness but it is balanced and moreish. Great value and something a little different.

16

Date Tasted : 13/09/2019

/ England, Lyme Bay Winery, NV, Other