Henskens Rankin of Tasmania was formally launched on 27 Nov 2017 to celebrate Ada Henskens' (Frieda's mother) birthday. Choice and consequence began its complicated course in 1999 when Frieda Henskens and David Rankin independently came to Tasmania. His subsequent contribution to the business has been (decidedly) peripheral: designated driver (was and is a non-drinker) and father of their growing family. Frieda's original occupation was in agriculture, diverting to viniculture in '06. By '09 she was working at Julian Alcorso's Winemaking Tasmania during vintage, and cellar duties at other times. In '10 Frieda and David purchased a small quantity of fruit to make a traditional method chardonnay-dominant sparkling wine that they envisaged would be long-lived. A blend of 70% chardonnay and 30% pinot noir was utilised for both the first two vintages. While David and Frieda have moved on to other employment, their partnership with Winemaking Tasmania has as its ultimate aim the production of 600 dozen bottles per year from an estate vineyard made in a small onsite winery.
Sparkling specialist Henskens Rankin of Tasmania was founded in 2010 whilst working for a local contract winemaker (now Tasmanian Vintners) with the aim of exploring new, distinctive Tasmanian styles of sparkling wine. That working relationship has continued for the Vintage Brut (limited releases of 2500 bottles), which spend a minimum of six years on yeast lees. The other wines are made by Frieda, elsewhere. This range currently includes a Triple Wild, Brut Rosé and not yet released Blanc de Blanc and Blanc de Noir. These wines are made in tiny batches, typically fermented with wild yeast in barrels but may also undergo wild tirage and wild malolactic fermentation (MLF) in bottle and/or tirage with residual grape sugar. These wines also find their way into the Vintage Brut blend.
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
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