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August 2021

 

Apogee Deluxe Vintage Brut 2016

(Pinot noir 39%, chardonnay 53.3%, pinot meunier 7.7%)

Warm dry year. Harvest date 17 March 12.5% alc. 40-46 months on lees. “Pale salmon hue, the bouquet is very complex, the palate even more so, with spiced strawberry fruits, brioche and soft acidity on the long finish. 53 % chardonnay,40% pinot noir 7 % pinot meunier. 45 Months on lees. 97 Points, One of 7 Australian traditional method Sparklings chosen by James Halliday in his Top 100, Weekend Australian, November 14-15, 2020.

                   

 

Apogee Deluxe Vintage Rosé 2018

100% Single vineyard. Alc.12.5% (Pinot Noir 79% (Clones 777,115, 521) Chardonnay 16%, Pinot Meunier 5%).
First taste after disgorging December 2020: rich and precise palate; rose, minerally raspberry, cherry. Promising vintage. This follows the 2016 Vintage which was nominated as Australian Sparkling Rosé of the year. It is in the same league but with a smaller volume made in 2018, making it one of our rare items. Mike Bennie. WBM, July-August 2021, Wine Business Magazine. 95 Points.

 

Apogee Alto Pinot Gris 2020

100% Single vineyard. Alc. 14.0%.  100% Pinot Gris Clone D1V7.  A cool season with long slow ripening and late harvest on 23 April 2020. No Oak. 30% malolactic fermentation. the palate is dry but rich on mid-palate and a nip of tannins on the finish. Very typical APOGEE aromatics with complex pear, fragrant florals with “salty” rose, musk and chalky minerals. Will age well but equally drinks deliciously now. “One of the stellar wines in …Apogee’s catalogue …is a benchmark cool-climate pinot gris that sist firmly one the Alsace side of the gris/grigio spectrum. Lovely drinking in its youth with plenty of potential.” Winsor Dobbin, On the Road Again,
23 January 2021.

 

Apogee Alto Pinot Noir 2019

Only early maturing Dijon clones (Pinot Noir clones 777, 115 and 521) go into this wine.  Warm season. Harvested 11 April 2019. Alc. 13.5%. 100% French oak. Côte de Beaune Burgundy in style meaning soft texture and highly perfumed. Sweet fruit, red berry- summer pudding nose, mid-bodied with our characteristic lovely fleshy texture.  Good acidity and light tannin in the balance. The Apogee site confers its characteristic perfumed red berry aroma plus some emerging gamey characters. Drink 2020-2028. Food match- roast chicken, Brillat-Savarin soft ripened cheese. “The latest vintage of Alto is a Pinot Noir for hedonists. Succulent black cherries and redcurrants tumble out of the glass and into your mouth, followed by a flood of fine savoury tannins that flows across the tongue”. Max Allen, Australian Financial Review, 5 January 2020.

                                         Apogee Deluxe Vintage Rosé 2013 LD

100% Single vineyard. Alc.12.0% (Pinot Noir 100% (Clone 115, 777)
So far, the only Apogee Rosé to be made from 100% Pinot Noir. A very good vintage.

 Cranberry, Maraschino cherry, strawberry and bruised rose petals. A trace of the salty oyster-shell high perfume from the region. Nuttiness from oak barrels and biscuity yeast character. 94 Points from Tyson Stelzer for the earlier disgorged wine, expect more for the LD. The LD has maintained its freshness due to presence of lees and is gaining gamey complexity on top of the vibrant perfumed red fruits, apple and toast. Serve with liver pat , duck breast or Green Thai Curry Chicken.

 

  Apogee Deluxe Vintage Rosé 2015 LD

100% Single vineyard. Alc.12% (Pinot Noir 67% (Clones 777,115, 521), Chardonnay 20% and Pinot Meunier 13%)

This is a Pinot Noir-dominant blend that shows bold flavours of bruised red apple, spice, bread and honey. Still young but with enormous potential. Drinking Window 2019 – 2024. Susie Barrie, Decanter (UK) 2019. 96 Points. Serve with Delice de Bourgogne or Brillat-Savarin soft-rind cheeses.

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