2014 Vintage Brut
Our first entirely Southern Vintage Brut. Lean, long and lovely.
Grape varieties: 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir. Primarily sourced from the Coal River Valley and Tasman Peninsula.
Winemaking: All fruit was hand-picked. Each individual parcel (three of Chardonnay, one of Pinot Noir) was gently pressed as whole bunches. Juices then cold-settled and carefully racked prior to fermentation in stainless steel. One of the chardonnay parcels underwent partial malolactic fermentation in old, small format barrels prior to blending.
Use of reserve wines: The initial blend included 2% of puncheon-aged reserve wines, drawn mostly from 2011. At disgorging, the liqueur d’expedition included a tiny proportion (1.75%) of wine from the 2022 vintage.
Eight years on lees, disgorged 12 August 2022. 2 g/L dosage, TA 8.98 g/L.
Closure: Natural cork (Amorim Spark)
Production size: 1560 individually numbered bottles.
The interest in making wine started early. When Frieda was eight years-old, on a dairy farm in New Zealand, she decided to tread grapes from the garden in her mother’s bread-pan. She poured the juice directly into bottles, so when fermentation started the fizzy mess spilled all over the floor. You could say fizz has always been her thing.
David started making wine at eleven, in a leafy Melbourne suburb, and never stopped. We still have that first bottle of plum wine around somewhere.
We’ve always loved sparkling wine so the decision to specialise in making it came naturally. In 2010 we started Henskens Rankin of Tasmania with just two tonne of fruit in tiny parcels and a vision of creating distinctively Tasmanian styles of sparkling.
To realise that vision we deliberately choose small-scale, artisanal approaches in our winemaking, always seeking to maximise quality. Doing crazy things carefully (wonderful advice from Eric Rodez).
Unashamedly luxurious and informed by our professional backgrounds in sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, Henskens Rankin of Tasmania is founded on the principle that luxury is ethical. It guides our winemaking and how we choose our partners. It extends to every aspect of the business, particularly our supply chain: wherever possible our packaging is ethically-sourced, re-useable, compostable and/or recyclable. From 2020 all our wines are vegan friendly.
It’s a journey in progress.
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