18th May 2018
"Try to find sparkling wines from Australia's Tasmania Island. You'll be impressed, I promise. Maybe even astonished at the degree of refinement and sheer—dare I say it?—Champagne-like elegance of Tasmania sparkling wine."
$60 rrp approx | TASMANIA | DIAM | 12.0% ALCOHOL | DRINK 2018-2023
46% pinot, 46% chardonnay, 8% meunier; 25% ferment in French oak barriques; aged 26 months on lees; 8.5g/L dosage; currently disgorged 26 March 2018
Presence, depth and character meet the cool tension of Piper's River in a cuvée of detail and personality. Pinot noir takes the lead in spicy red apple fruit, backed by the citrus crunch of chardonnay. Partial fermentation in old oak heightens spicy complexity and texture, while the lingering, cool acid line of northern Tasmania defines a long finish.
$ 75 RRP approx.| TASMANIA | DIAM | 12.3% ALCOHOL | DRINK 2018-2025 67% Pinot noir; 20% Chardonnay 13% Pinot Meunier-25% fermented in old oak casks; aged 27 months on lees; currently disgorged 27 March 2018
"Piper's River pinot noir is the secret to many of Australia's most refined sparkling rosés and Andrew Pirie knows this as well as anyone. A gorgeous pale salmon hue, it's infused with magnificent red cherry and strawberry fruit, framed in spice and even the most subtle hints of coffee and dark chocolate from partial fermentation in old oak casks. Pinot builds a palate of magnificent body and presence, yet upholds focus and tension, thanks to cool Tasmanian acidity on a finish that lingers long and accurate. 12 months on cork (i.e. after disgorging date) will repay handsomely." Tyson Stelzer on the 2014. The tasting note for this wine is very similar. It will be on the web site shortly.
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