Pirie Sparkling NV

Pirie Sparkling NV

Tamar Valley, Tasmania   |    750ml   |    11%
One of Australia's most highly acclaimed sparkling wine labels, Pirie Tasmania is the latest evolution of Dr Andrew Pirie's belief that Tasmania can be one of the truly great wine regions of the world. This is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes grown at White Hills vineyard in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley.

Bready and biscuity notes from lees ageing are balanced by crisp apples and citrus lift on the nose. The palate is vibrant with citrus acidity adding drive to a full and rich mouthfeel, finishing with some nice slaty, mineral notes. An outstanding sparkling wine that is rightfully considered among Australia's best.

"95/100. With a light-straw colour, this exemplary non-vintage style has a complex cracked-yeast bouquet and is clean and full of character, thanks to some older reserve wine in the blend. It is rich and full of flavour, yet also refined and well balanced, with a soft but refreshing finish. 12 per cent alcohol." - Huon Hooke, April 2014, goodfood.com.au.

"94 Points. Pale colour; focused and fresh lemon fruit and spring blossom bouquet; generous and creamy mouthfeel, with linear acidity and well-handled dosage; very good focus"- James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2010 Edition.

“Beautiful, lusty, rich and aromatic, this bold, weighty fizz shows a more intense and brooding side to this category, making it as fantastic with food as without it. Tassie is proving to be a stunning source of fizz-worthy grapes and beyond the basics of making the stuff it is interesting to see how some of the pioneering brains are loading flavour, complexity and class. It reminds me of somewhere else in the world.”- Matthew Jukes, 100 Best Australian Wines 2011.
Gold - 2013 Perth Royal Wine Show

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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.
Tamar Valley
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.

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