Apogee Alto Pinot Noir 2020
From one of the pioneers of the modern Tasmanian wine industry, Dr Andrew Pirie. While Pipers River in NE Tasmania is cool, there’s a surprising amount of humidity, ultimately leading to a softer tannin profile. There’s no denying the vintage and this one was the wettest in Pipers since 2011. However, the adage is true: follow the winemaker, not the vintage. For all the Pinotphiles out there, this is a blend of clones 777 and 115 (from Morey St Denis in Burgundy).
Medium garnet ruby hue. Flinty, yet velvety and perfumed aromas evoking soft rose petals, bright red berry fruits tempered by darker cherry tones, juicy orange bitters citrus and leafy twiggy undergrowth providing a freshness with depth akin to lightly smoked meats and a subtle kiss of oak. It then conveys a sense of smooth silky fruit flow held in tension by natural regional acidity with the finest knit of tannins. Beautifully etched in its structure with poise and class.