Pirie’s inaugural late disgorged cuvee has been deemed ready for release, having spent ten years on lees.
The 2011 sparkling, crafted in the traditional method from select parcels of Tamar Valley pinot noir and chardonnay, was one of the first cuvees winemaker Tom Wallace worked on for the brand.
Wallace came on board as assistant winemaker in 2010, coinciding with Brown Brothers’ acquisition of the Pirie, Tamar Ridge and Devil’s Corner brands. He has been senior winemaker for all three labels since 2013.
There are only 3,000 bottles available of the debut late disgorged release, which Wallace says is Pirie’s highest quality wine.
A younger version of the 2011 was released as Pirie’s second tier vintage sparkling in 2016.
Wallace told Drinks Adventures he had seen something special in the wine that made him think it would go the distance, so he tucked a few thousand bottles away “without letting the accountants know”.
The secret ingredient, he says, was Tasmania’s bitterly cold 2011 vintage. It was “a shocking season” for late ripening grapes, but all Pirie’s pinot and chardonnay had come in before the weather turned.
“That fruit had real retention of acidity, which really made me think it could last 10 years,” Wallace says.
Pirie Late Disgorged 2011 is a concentrated and classically structured wine with savoury complexity and a rich texture.
Its powerful palate displays notes of cashew, citrus and brioche with before cool-climate Tasmanian acidity kicks in for balance.
Pirie Late Disgorged 2011 is ready to drink now but will continue to develop for three to five years.
It is available online at tamarridge.com.au for $145 per bottle.
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