Chardonnay Pinot Noir PinotMeuniere Tamar Tasmania
As Australia's first PhD in viticulture, founder of Pipers Brook Vineyard and Pirie Estate, recipient of the Australia Medal for his services to Tasmanian tourism and wine, Andrew Pirie's contribution to the industry is almost without peer. Pirie Sparkling is the latest instalment of a project that began with the inaugural launch of 1995, it was received with immense international acclaim. Matthew Jukes declared it the greatest sparkling wine ever produced outside of Champagne! Pirie endures as of Australia's most eminent effervescent wines.
Pirie is devoted to premium Tasmanian wines, primarily from the upper Tamar Valley. Andrew Pirie collaborates with his colleagues at the University of Tasmania into researching the best methods for growing sparkling grapes. Parcels of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier are assembled with a reserve of aged stocks, the objective being to produce a consistent and full flavoured wine, built around a backbone of the highest quality fruit that Pirie can source. Free run juices and light pressings are oxidatively handled, the final Cuvee is treated to tirage and secondary fermentation within it's own bottle, true Method traditionelle, followed by a minimum of eighteen months on lees before disgorging.
Yellow/gold hue with a fine and vigorous mousse. Aromatically bready, toasty notes with autolysis characters from ageing on sedimentery yeast lees, balanced by crisp apples and citrus lift. Vibrant, lemony acidity supports a pleasant richness, creamy mouthfeel and full, rich middle palate, the vigorous mousse persisting on a fine, strong, slaty, mineral finish.