Apogee Deluxe Vintage Brut Rosé 2019


2018 Apogee Vintage Rose – Tasting notes from Andrew Pirie –

“Appearance Light salmon pink with fine mousse and a suitable foamy collar when poured. Aroma Distinctively secondary aromas are part of Apogee style, induced by our oxidative juice handling. Cherry liqueur, raspberry compote, and salty mineral- apple. A touch of coffee from the oak. Body & Palate Mid-weight palate but surprising flavour richness on the mid-palate due to the high pinot noir content from this special part of the vineyard. Chardonnay freshens the finish with its citrus tang.”

95 Points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review.

2016 Apogee Vintage Rose – 93 Points, Wine Front, Mike Bennie, “From Dr Andrew Pirie and his single site in Lebrina, in the (east) Tamar Valley. Geez, the font is hard to read on the labels and I have 20/20 vision, or whatever the scale is. Micro font aside, this is a blend of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier, though mostly noir. And, indeed, it is pink. It sees some time in oak, or a portion does, and some aged material blended in for added bonus. Once you rip the foil off the cap you lose the detail of the wine, with no other vintage mark or cuvee name left behind. You do get the intel that this bottle was disgorged 30JAN19, however.

Lithe and pretty sparkling wine of purity of fruit, good drive, tight bead and general freshness. There’s little in the way of yeastiness or savoury funk, cruising down the pure fruit, inward concentration and fruit-derived complexity line. And, complexity is a good word here, without knowing, because it is very easy to drink, there’s a lot more going on in layers of berry flavours, citrus, faint mineral things, saline character and apple-spectrum notes. It glides on silky texture but captures you with hidden chicanery of interest. I really liked this.”

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Andrew Pirie is one of Australia’s most respected winemakers and has made significant contributions towards the current success of the Australian wine industry. Australia’s first PhD in Viticulture and founder of Pipers Brook, Dr Pirie launched Tasmania onto the world wine scene with a bang when his inaugural 1994 Ninth Island Chardonnay took out the white wine trophy at the International Wine Challenge in London. His name still appears on the label of the wine dubbed by Matthew Jukes and others, as ‘the greatest sparkling wine made outside of Champagne!’ Vintage Pirie 1996.

Dr Pirie has received national acclaim for his contributions to the Australian wine industry. In 2001 he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the Tasmanian wine and tourism industries. In recognition of his expertise and flair for innovation he was given the rare honour of being nominated as a finalist in the QANTAS/Australian Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year Award in both 2002 and 2003.

Over the last 4 decades, Andrew Pirie has been the most influential figure in the Tasmanian wine industry, initiating and building some of Tasmania’s largest and most important vineyards and wineries including Pipers Brook Vineyard, Ninth Island which he co-founded with his brother David in 1974 and Pirie sparkling in 1999.

Andrew Pirie continues to be involved in the Tasmanian industry and apart from his hands-on role at Apogee, provides brand support for the Pirie range, consults on industry development, conducts climate research and is writing a book on wine terroir.

“I remain passionate about the cool climate wine potential of Tasmania. It is exciting to have been involved in the Tasmanian industry from the early days of its modern rebirth to its current success.”

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