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Wine Review #1:
Jansz Brut Premium Cuveé,
Tamar Valley, Tasmania, Australia
Tasted at: Sepia Restaurant
Chicago, IL
May 4th, 2018

12.0% Alcohol
Primarily Chardonnay (50%-60%) with Pinot Noir (35%-47%) and Pinot Meunier (3%-5%)
May Also Blend In Reserve Wines
Malolactic Fermentation (to soften acidity and increase palate complexity)
Bottle Fermented (Traditional Method)


Medium- Intensity
Tree Fruit and Bready Aroma

Medium(-) Acidity
Medium(-) Alcohol
Medium Body
Medium(-) Flavor Intensity
Medium Length

Yeasty, bread flavor
Hints of Citrus (Lemon)
Green Apple
Unripe Peach
Touch of Walnut

I felt this bubbly wine had too high a level of carbon dioxide which led to an imbalance.  It lacked complexity and was overly expressive in a 0ne-sided way.  Very watered down whereby carbon dioxide bubbles dominated the wine.  The winemaker says:

“The fruit used in this Cuvée is grown on selected, cool climate vineyards across Tasmania. To maximize blending options and complexity in the final wine, batches are kept separate during winemaking. Secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle and is aged on yeast lees for as long as possible. The perfect balance for our Premium Cuvée is reached at just over two years.”

“Honeysuckle and citrus scents are immediately apparent with slight aromas of nougat, roasted nuts and a sniff of strawberry from the Pinot Noir. Delicate fruits and creaminess wash through the mouth leaving a lingering finish of citrus and nougat.” lists the wine at an average price of $23.  The average critic score is 90/100.  When I tasted the sparkling wine, I immediately gave it an 82/100.  After adjusting for price, my score came in at 76.

Wine Rating: 82

Price Adjusted Rating: 76

Note: My goal is to provide characteristics of the wine and not to sway a wine drinker from trying any wine – even those that I rate at a lower score.  My rating is just that – MY rating.  I base the rating on 5 characteristics: balance, length, intensity, complexity and expressiveness.  I am independent in my evaluation of every wine.  Ultimately, my wine rating scale is the same scale used by Robert Parker whereby:

96-100 Extraordinary
90-95 Outstanding
80-89 Above Average to Excellent
70-79 Average
60-69 Below Average
< 59 Appalling

I also provide a price adjusted rating.  This rating takes into account the quality of the wine (per my rating) and the average price consumers are paying for a standard 750ml bottle of wine.