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.
92 points 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, and Pinot Noir, 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.
Winemaker: Tom Wallace
Winemaking notes: The majority of the blend is from the 2018 vintage with some earlier vintages included to add complexity. Free run juice and light pressings (max 0.2 bar) are oxidatively handled. 10% of the blend was fermented and matured older French barrels for between 2 and 6 months. Tirage and secondary ferment in bottle (Traditional Method) was followed by 3 years on lees before disgorging. It was bottled with an alcohol of 12%.
The Royal Agricultural Society of WA Trophy for Best Sparkling Wine 04/09/2020 Trophy
James Halliday 01/08/2020 92 points
16/12/2021 Gold Medal
10/12/2021 Gold Medal
21/01/2021 Gold Medal
04/09/2020 Gold Medal
03/12/2021 Silver Medal
01/10/2021 Bronze Medal
03/09/2021 Bronze Medal
26/11/2021 Bronze Medal
“55% chardonnay, 45% pinot noir, 10% of the base wine fermented and matured in French barriques, 18 months on lees pre-disgorgement. Smart wine, good balance of citrus and white stone fruit.”
James Halliday 01/08/2020
“Such a beautiful example of the exciting wines coming from Tasmania right now. Lemon rind and sorbet with a light brioche and fresh bready influence. Fine persistent palate through to a long finish.”
Ray Jordan 26/11/2020
“55/45% chardonnay/pinot noir, hand picked in the Tamar Valley. Full mlf; méthode traditionnelle; aged 2 years on lees. Bright, complex and cut, a sparkling that juxtaposes the tension of Tasmania’s cool air with the structural generosity of the Tamar. Chardonnay takes the lead in lemon, grapefruit and spicy white peach, backed by the red apples and strawberry hull of pinot noir. Funky charcuterie nuances carry through a long finish. Tense, crystalline acidity and firm phenolic bite lend some astringency to the close.”
Tyson Stelzer 13/08/2021
“Tasmania gets the wine off to a flying start with hand-picked chardonnay and pinot noir. The persistent bead introduces aromas of citrus, Granny Smith apple and brioche/toast, the long palate driven by vibrant, minerally acidity complexed by nuances of spice and nougat. The base wine ex ’18, 10% of museum material, and spent 2 years on lees pre-disgorgement.”
James Halliday - Top 100 wines of 2021 20/11/2021
“Captures so much about Tasmanian sparkling wine here. Brioche and lemon curd with a little of that subtle, aged-on-lees character. It’s fine and quite delicate yet it has power and intensity.”
Ray Jordan 24/11/2021
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