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Lebrina, Tasmania

Andrew Pirie
Dr Andrew Pirie

Dr Andrew Pirie is among a select few vignerons to be genuinely considered a legend of the Australian wine industry. After more than 30 years producing, consulting and guiding the production of wines in Tasmania Apogee is the culmination of all his years of experience. He’s not stopping, he can’t, he’s driven, he continues to search for the best sites available to best produce sparkling wines of distinction.

The philosophy at Apogee is simple; produce single vineyard wines from the best small holdings of no more than 2Ha., using Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier & Pinot Gris that Pirie has personally selected to make the finest sparkling wines available from Tasmania.

Apogee Vines view to cellar door

The main production is a classicly blended, traditional-method sparkling comprising around 35 % of pinot noir and 40% chardonnay and the balance from pinot meunier (this is the Deluxe Vintage Brut and is currently 2014). A Deluxe Vintage Rosé is also produced made up of around 90% pinot noir from the best sites, and 10% chardonnay. A small amount of table wine is made from pinot gris grown on the property. This is the Alto Pinot Gris, currently 2016.

Apogee disgorging sparkling wine

Apogee was awarded “Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year” in 2013.