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Sparkling Vintage

Brand: Pirie
Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2011
Bottle size: 750 mL
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The cool slopes of the Tamar Valley region, located in northern Tasmania have the potential to produce great sparkling wine. This richly flavoured cuvée made from chardonnay and pinot noir boasts complexity from barrel-aged base wine and reserve blending. It displays the impact of terroir and the favourable interaction of climate and soil on these vines.
Vineyard Region: Tasmania
Vintage: 2011
Color: The Pirie Vintage is showing bright, golden colours with hints of green at the edges.
Aroma: There is some lovely lemon zest on the nose that is underlined by creamy and yeasty complexity.
Palate: The palate is quite rich initially until the cool-climate Tasmanian acidity kicks in to leave a perfect balance. This wine is ready to drink now and will continue to develop nicely over the next 4 years.
Wine Analysis: Alc/Vol: 12.5%
Peak Drinking: Until 2022
Growing Conditions: The grapes used to make this wine were grown in the cool-climate vineyards of northern Tasmania. The wine is a blend of Chardonnay 52% and Pinot Noir 48%.
Winemaker: Tom Wallace
Winemaking Notes: The grapes were handpicked and whole-bunch pressed with the fruit harvested from late February to late March 2011 at 10.5 to 11.5 baumé. The wine was made in strict adherence to the traditional method techniques with 100% of the wine undergoing malo lactic fermentation, and a long, slow secondary fermentation in the bottle. It spent 4.5 years resting on lees prior to disgorging and dosage. The wine has an alcohol of 12.5%, a pH of 3.09, an acid level of 7.24g/L.
Tyson Stelzer’s Sparkling Report 2018 (Jan 1970) - Tyson Stelzer : 90 points
"Blessed by the cool 2011 season, this is a cuvée that presents a profound contrast between concentration and tension. Apple, citrus and stone fruit flavours of almost tropical proportions are overlaid with the exotic spice of six years of lees age. For all its exuberance, it pulls resolutely into a finely-honed tail of cool vintage, high altitude acidity that draws out a finish of immense length, grand dimension and wonderfully creamy texture. No subtle vintage, this is a main course-ready cuvée of heightened proportions."
Halliday Wine Companion 2019 (Aug 2018) - Ned Goodwin : 95 points
"An amplified glass of fizz, with compelling autolytic depth and the toast, brioche and iodine notes that come with it. Flavours of citrus and orchard fruits find harmony. These are sprung to a long, creamy finish across an accelerator of cool-climate acidity and a controlling throttle of pungent truffled mineral. A whiff of acacia infers some oak handling. Very smart."
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