Oct. 2, 2020
Apogee in the Top Six Australian Sparkling Producers
APOGEE TASMANIA HERALDED AN AUSTRALIAN TOP SPARKLING WINE HOUSE
Sparkling wine expert Tyson Stelzer has just released the annual Australian Sparkling Wine Report 2020
He ranks APOGEE DELUXE ROSÉ 2016 in his TOP 3 PRESTIGE SPARKLING WINES
Good news indeed! And vindication of my belief in the special terroir of the APOGEE Tasmania distinguished vineyard site.
'While Tasmania has no official sub-regions, the zone of Piper’s River in the northeast is one of the coolest. This remarkable little district of rolling hills and sweeping Bass Strait vistas has increasingly established its credentials as home to Australia’s most elegant sparkling wines.
The ever-present influence of the nearby ocean makes this a particularly humid place, and this is a key to its success with sparkling, according to local grape-growing pioneer and PhD scientist in viticulture, Dr Andrew Pirie.
“Humidity is as important as temperature in determining wine style and the fingerprint of every region,” he says. Andrew perceives the most profound impact of moisture to be in the level and texture of the tannin structure. Dry conditions produce not only more tannin, but also more assertive tannin. This is most dramatically expressed in pinot noir for sparkling rosé, where the soft, subtle tannins of Piper’s River are the holy grail.’
APOGEE TASMANIA RATED 6 STARS
‘Between the rows of Andrew Pirie’s little vineyard in his front garden at
Lebrina in Piper’s River, lies a lifetime of experience…
His own handmade cuvées are the definition of artisan.’
TOP SPARKLING ROSÉ
RATED No. 3 AUSTRALIAN SPARKLING WINE
APOGEE DELUXE VINTAGE ROSÉ 2016
‘A triumph of incredible line and length, and hands-down
Andrew Pirie’s greatest creation yet.’
6 STAR RATING PLACES APOGEE TASMANIA IN THE HALL OF HONOUR
TOP FIVE ALONGSIDE OTHER PRESTIGE TASMANIAN LABELS INCLUDING
BELLEBONNE & HOUSE OF ARRAS