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Apogee Tasmania Deluxe Vintage Sparkling

$49.95 - $65.00

From those small but well-researched beginnings (the foundation of a doctoral thesis) and the establishment of Pipers Brook Vineyard in the late '70s, through public floats, acquisitions, corporate takeovers and machinations, and finally consultancy to one of the largest players in the Tasmanian wine industry, Andrew Pirie is once again doing what he loves best - making his own wine from a small vineyard that he planted and tends himself at Lebrina in north-east Tasmania.

This time the focus is on sparkling wine, the jewel of ultra cool Lebrina region, and pinot gris.

As you would expect from the hands of the master, Apogee is a superb sparkling wine, tasting as rich and luxurious as its glamorous packaging. Cumquat, lemon curd, toasted nuts but also bright red fruits, and a very soft, creamy mouth-feel with ultra, ultra fine bubbles. It's essentially refreshing but rich, with a finish that could be described as the dry end of off-dry. For 'big house' Champagne drinkers, if you are a Louis Roederer fan, Apogee will be perfect for you. The composition is 44% chardonnay, 31% pinot noir, 25% pinot meunier.

Apogee is produced from a single site and is entitled to use the term 'Deluxe Method' to describe its production  -

'Apogee has adopted this description of its sparkling method to highlight the fact that it is seeking not only to match ordinary Champagne it is striving to emulate Deluxe Cuvées by combining all of the vineyard quality factors with carefully chosen winemaking methods to enhance complexity such as use of oak in primary fermentation -  a choice which is not available for mass produced Champagnes. Disgorging is done on site at Golconda Road to hand craft the final product with careful selection of disgorging' Andrew Pirie

STOCK IS VERY LIMITED - We receive a couple of six packs at a time, and only as Andrew Pirie is able to hand disgorge some for us. Pinot Shop is the only retail outlet where you can buy Apogee (apart from cellar door, of course)

Apogee 2011 Tasmania Deluxe Vintage Sparkling $49.95

Apogee Deluxe Vintage ROSE Sparkling $65

Pinot Shop is located in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia at 135 Paterson Street down at the river end near Cataract Gorge, Stillwater Restaurant and The Mill Providore. We specialise in the best of premium pinot noir as grown so beautifully in the cool climes of Tasmania, New Zealand and southern parts of the big Australian continent. Our love for pinot extends to its sibling styles pinot gris and grigio and fizzy cousins sparkling wine and Champagne, even when they don’t contain pinot noir. That’s not to say we’ve become too exclusive - we also stock an interesting range of delicious wines for those (rare) times when you’re not drinking pinot…
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