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2014 Apsley Gorge Pinot Noir

2014 Apsley Gorge Pinot Noir

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Screw Cap
Tasmania
2014
750ml
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Screw Cap
Tasmania
2014
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • Situated in the Apsley Valley about 14 kilometres from the township of Bicheno, Tasmania, Apsley Gorge Vineyard enjoys an excellent climate for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. First planted in 1993 Apsley Gorge has become known as one of Tasmania’s premier wines.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • From a cooler more ‘typical’ Tasmanian vintage, 2014 has yielded a wine with notable freshness and finesse whilst still maintaining the intensity and depth of Apsley Gorge Pinot Noir. Deeper in colour than his 2011, 2012 and 2013 Pinots the 2014 shows extra depth and dimension with deep dark fruit aromatics showing raspberry coulis with a touch of autumnal complexity. A deep rich style of Pinot with very soft and polished tannins on the palate with all the trademark texture and Burgundian influence which Apsley is so well known for. ’A dark ruby colour. Aromas swing toward blueberry and blackcurrant fruit, however violets and meaty characters evolve on the palate with time in the glass. Complex secondary aromas with earthiness and forest floor. A firm structure, with grape tannins evident. Bigger in alcohol than Burgundy but more Old World than New World in style. Drink 2019-2024. Decanter February 2019

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    There is the usual dark colour from the ripe east coast fruit. The nose is intense and vibrant with dark cherries and a hint of charey oak and charcuterie. There is still that clean earthy purity of Pinot fruit. There is a rich textured entry with a hint of coffee. Just before the mid palate the fruit really comes to the fore. The textural, mouth filling component of the tannins leads into a long masculine finish that lingers and lingers.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • “Franklin’s faithfully Burgundian techniques deliver a magnificent synopsis of the potential of his warm site: broad, statuesque Pinot with grand depth and texture, and a deliciously baroque Chardonnay.” - Andrew Jefford Since 1999 wine making has been undertaken by owner Brian Franklin who also does a 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. Including vintages undertaken in France, Brian now has almost 40 vintages of wine making experience in both France and Australia. In fact, so deep is the immersion that Franklin, with a Burgundian friend, has recently made his own grand cru – an extraordinary feat for an outsider. 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 (maximum 30%) 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. Franklin doesn't irrigate, something banned in Burgundy, eschews fertilizers, except for the organic (seaweed, cow manure) which has only recently been applied sparingly. Franklin places a premium on low yields – at times as low as 9hl/ha for some Pinot Noir parcels (and 30hl/ha for the Chardonnay). Apsley Gorge has good soils and a truly unique micro climate. River loam over clay, shot here and there with ironstone; and the benign effects of the gorge which acts as a vent, preventing frost in spring, and in autumn shepherding the extended slow ripening of the rich, fully flavoured fruit that is probably the last each year to be harvested in Australia – sometimes as late as June, in the first nip of winter.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 94 POINTS

    MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT


    Dark cherry and plummy fruit, rose hip jam, touch of quince, cola too. Similar to taste with drying tannins and a punchy, rich dark fruit core. Licks of xmas pudding too. Bold pinot noir here almost other-worldly in a way.

    DECANTER


    A dark ruby colour. Aromas swing toward blueberry and blackcurrant fruit, however violets and meaty characters evolve on the palate with time in the glass. Complex secondary aromas with earthiness and forest floor. A firm structure, with grape tannins evident. Bigger in alcohol than Burgundy but more Old World than New World in style.