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2012 Apsley Gorge Pinot Noir


Our Price: $64.99 / bottle (RRP: $75.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

Established in 1988 this tiny vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir (5.5ha) and Chardonnay (1ha) and is located several kilometres inland from the coast near the entrance to the Apsley Gorge national Park north-west of Bicheno. The vineyards unique situation near the entry to the gorge brings breezes in the afternoon which have a distinct cooling effect which means this vineyard is typically one of the last to harvest in Tasmania with harvest usually being around the first week of May. 

Since 1999 winemaking has been undertaken by owner Brian Franklin who also does vintage each year in Burgundy with Philippe Charlopin (himself mentored by his friend Henri Jayer) in Gevrey Chambertin, and is helped here in Tasmania by young French winemakers including Philippe Charlopin’s son Yann.

Always aiming for full phenolic ripeness the style of wines produced are rich and intense wines characterised by fully ripe fruit made using Burgundian know-how with texture and finesse and excellent natural acidity, without excessive extraction or heaviness. Produced very naturally with only a small percentage of new oak each year these are very individual wines of great class and structure that drink very well when young yet also age and evolve over a decade or more for the Pinot Noir.

'Hand-picked, wild yeast-fermented and matured in new and 2-year-old French oak. The depth of colour is quite extraordinary, as deep as any shiraz; I would never in my wildest dreams pick it as 5 years old if presented blind; it is a wine of overwhelming power; whether that vague concept of pinosity (a slant on varietal character) will appear with another 10 years in bottle, I simply don't know, the points a compromise, but with an element of giving the benefit of doubt.'
James Halliday describing the Apsley Gorge signature style (2009 vintage)

'The single-minded Brian Franklin at Apsley Gorge has rendered himself half Burgundian with annual work immersion in Gevrey, and his courageously restrained winemaking combined with a warm, dry East Coast site results in Pinot of unusual breadth but great subtlety and allusiveness too.

Andrew Jefford

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