Elegant and vibrant, this full-flavoured premium sparkling has an aromatic lift with relatively high fruit intensity. Made accordingly to the traditional method from handpicked Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes grown in the unique terroirs of Tasmania.
This sparkling makes the perfect start to any special occasion, it’s best served with fresh natural oysters and enjoyed amongst great friends.
91 points, 2023 Halliday Wine Companion
Recommended food pairings: Serve with natural oysters for the perfect start to a meal or try it with richer fish like baked ocean trout or yellowfin tuna. The Pirie NV could also be enjoyed with a ripe brie and thinly sliced granny smith apple segments.
Growing Conditions: The wine is made from Chardonnay 55%, and Pinot Noir 45%, grown in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley. When grown in areas that experience cool ripening conditions the varieties produce sparkling wines of finesse, elegance and delicacy of flavour.
Winemaking notes: The majority of the blend is from the 2019 vintage with some earlier vintages included to add complexity. Free run juice and light pressings (max 0.2 bar) are oxidatively handled. Small percentage of the blend was matured in older French barrels. Tirage and secondary ferment in bottle (Traditional Method) was followed by two years on lees before disgorging. It was bottled with an alcohol of 12%.
“55/45% chardonnay/pinot noir from the Tamar Valley; 2018 base vintage; 10% fermented and matured 2-6 months in older French oak barrels. Pirie’s beloved, bargain-priced NV parades the depth and richness of Tamar chardonnay and pinot and boosts it confidently with the grand complexity of a touch of barrel fermentation. Its bombastic fruit presence is unheard of at this price, yet it never for a moment loses sight of tension and control. It’s all here: baked apples, figs, ginger cake, even a glimpse of sautéed mushrooms on the close, thanks to the barrel’s touch. Accurately directed lemon-juice acidity focuses a long finish. Well executed and ready to charm any crowd.”
05/08/2022 Silver Medal
Tyson Stelzer 03/11/2021 91 points
18/07/2022 Bronze Medal
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