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Apsley Gorge

Apsley Gorge Pinot Noir 2021 (Tasmania)

Apsley Gorge Pinot Noir 2021 (Tasmania)

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The Apsley Gorge Pinot Noir 2021 boasts the characteristic deep purple color of Apsley Gorge, complemented by a classic cherry rim. As an unfiltered and unfined wine, it exudes the rich, earthy tones that are absent in filtered wines. The nose offers a delightful mixture of varietal fruit and a hint of wild yeast. Aging in French oak adds yet another layer of complexity. The palate is teeming with richness and texture, while still retaining a slight hint of restraint that leaves the drinker wanting more. With a long, elegant finish, this wine showcases the structured philosophy of AGV and its unique expression of terroir and vintage.

Wine Specifications

Variety: Pinot Noir

Size: 750mL

Region: Tasmania

ABV: 13.8%

Vintage: 2021

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Winery & Vintage Info

Situated on the east coast of Tasmania at Bicheno, Apsley Gorge takes its name from a mountain pass. It shares with the other east coast wineries the capacity to produce premium quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Former Abalone diver and Lobster fisherman Brian Franklin planted Apsley Gorge with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the early 1990’s with the first vintage in 1993.

The vineyard, about 7 hectares, is farmed as low yield and non-irrigated to ensure the stability of the fruit, hand pruned and hand picked maintains the quality of the grapes from vineyard to winery.

Brian took over the winemaking in the late 1990’s and quickly became noticed as an exceptional winemaker. His winemaking skills in the traditional French style were honed originally with Phillipe Charlopin, one of Burgundy’s most notable winemakers. Brian has worked every vintage in Burgundy since 2000, lately working with Phillipe’s son Yann at Domain Charlopin-Tissier.

The 2021 vintage was the earliest on record. It was an amazing spring and summer at Bicheno with periodic good rain. Last year we cut 32 bales of hay. This year 100, and we could have done a second cut.

Bud burst was early and the flowering went well. The bunches were small and so were the berries. We estimated the crop to be below average, but in the wash up it was normal.

What caught us out was how quickly it ripened.
The sugars came up very quickly, probably because the canopy was excellent.

We started picking Pinot on the 4th of April, where we would normally start at the end of April or early May.

Interestingly even with the high sugars the pH was very low. After de-stemming, and with the skin contact from the cold soak, the acids dropped off to an acceptable level. With the ripeness and the small berries the colour and the fruit flavours were deep and very intense. The weather was quite cool so the natural yeast didn’t start until the end of the month so there was extended skin contact. We pressed before dryness as we were wary of over extraction.

After settling it was into barrel. This year, because of the intense fruit weight, we used more new French oak, with 4 different coopers.

The chardonnay was picked in mid April. It was a bit leaner than usual, but with a bit more focus. More the Puligny than Meursault.

All in all an interesting year and something to look forward to.

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