Pinot Noir Tamar Valley Tasmania
Established by Andrew Pirie AM, Australia's first PhD in viticulture, a man consumed by a passion to develop Tasmania into one of the truly great wine regions of the world. The Pirie vines are fortuitously planted along Tamar Valley, at latitudes very similar to Burgundy's Cote d'Or. Pinot Noir grown here has caused quite a sensation among international cognoscenti. Pirie South is about exploiting the quality and finesse of north Tasmania's fruit, to produce fresh, aromatic wines which drink beautifully while young and complement today's uber fresh styles of cuisine.
Surely one of the best views from any winery in the world, the heart of Pirie has always been at Rosevears Estate on the West Tamar. The combination of a genuine cool climate and good summer rainfall, features which Tasmania shares with New Zealand and northern France, make the Tamar Valley particularly well suited to the production of world class wines. Here Pinot Noir is king. The evolution of Pirie's South reflects a desire to faithfully render the intensity of Upper Tamar Valley fruit in a fresh, fruit driven Pinot Noir. Clones MV6, 114, D2V5, 777, D4V2 and D5V12 are vinified without any exposure to oak, constructing a wine which brings to life the flavours of Tasmania's splendid fresh produce.
Deep garnet red colour. Cherry and raspberry bouquets are unobscured by oak, the aromas and flavours are serious Pinot. Varietal forest floor palate, wild berry fruit characters, gentle mouthfeel and savouryness, hints of red fruits and spice. The acidity is still fresh and exquisitely balanced, clean and fresh, before a soft, succulent finish.