Apsley Gorge 2017 Pinot Noir
Winery : Apsley Gorge
Tasmania's Apsley Gorge is a world apart. The location is unique, the vineyard snuggled as it is under the Douglas Apsley National Park at the northern end of the East Coast. It is a cool location, extending the ripening season and making it among the last to pick in the state. Brian Franklin has honed his experience in both hemispheres - he produces wine in both France and Tasmania.
Michele's notes: This vintage is one for the diehard fans of this complex and characterful pinot noir. There's a lot going on at the funky end of the pinot spectrum - animal, mineral and florals. The more the wine breathes, the more the fruit and the violet florals get to sing.
A relatively low-yielding vintage has resulted in plenty of concentration with trademark lusciousness in the mouth. There's licorice and that salty tang, with plum, cola and cocoa, roundly textured slightly chalky tannins, and more, each time you sip. Double decant for the best drinking pleasure, now or when you open in five years time.