Pinot Noir, Tasmania, 2010

  Apsley Gorge

Contains Sulphites.

About Apsley Gorge

Owner Brian Franklin planted the Apsley Gorge vineyard near the Douglas Apsley National Park north of Bicheno in 1988. Having spent a vintage with Domaine Fourrier in Gevrey Chambertin, he started to employ several Burgundian practices in the wine-making process such as natural vine-growing without herbicide use, minimal intervention winemaking, and bottling without fining or filtration. Brian has now succeeded in establishing this as one of Australia’s great Pinots.

Appellation: Tasmania

The Island of Tasmania sitting off the south of Australia is home to numerous terroirs and climats. The most success found thus far, in a region that is yet to fully unlock its true potential, comes from plantings of Pinot Noir. Apsley Gorge exploit their land near the Douglas Apsley National park to great effect making one of Australias most exciting Pinot Noirs.

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, California’s Carneros, Oregon and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.