Pirie Tasmania is the culmination of the viticultural and winemaking experience amassed during Dr. Pirie’s 30 consecutive vintages in northern Tasmania, a knowledge base matched by very few individuals in any wine region of Australia. Northern Tasmania is now widely recognised for the quality of sparkling wine produced in the true cool climate of 41-42 degrees south.
The first Pirie Vintage Sparkling (1995), did much to establish this reputation. 10 years after its release, a new chapter began with the launch of Pirie NV.
Made in the méthod traditionnelle style from hand-picked Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, the Pirie NV boasts complexity from base wines produced in the unique sparkling terroirs of the region.
"The wine is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes grown at White Hills vineyard in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley. White Hills sits on a free-standing hill at the head of the Tamar Valley, with almost 100 metres difference in altitude between the lowest and highest blocks. The site provides commanding views of the mountainous terrain of the Great Western Tiers. Being around 55km from the coast it has a continental climate with warm summer days and some icy winter mornings. The higher blocks produce sparkling fruit with amazing purity and acid lines. Free run juice and light pressings (max 0.2 bar) are oxidatively handled. With blending of multiple parcels from the upper Tamar Valley with some aged, reserve wines. 20% of the blend was fermented and matured in puncheons (500 Litre) French barrels for between 2 and 6 months. Tirage and secondary ferment in bottle (méthode traditionelle) was followed by a minimum of 18 months on lees before disgorging. It was bottles with an alcohol of 12.5 a T.A. of 7.3g/l and a pH of 3.14." - Pirie Wines.
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