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Priory Ridge Pinot Noir 2018

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The Wine

Brian’s approach to winemaking for these wines is similar to his own Apsley Gorge wines, aiming for full phenolic ripeness harvesting as late as possible to ensure ripe pips and stems and letting ferment begin slowly and naturally with just natural yeast and no S02 used at all during vinification, maturation and elevage which is made in mostly aged French barriques. Ageing on lees for more than 18 months for the Pinot Noir. The colour of the 2018 is typically dark with a translucent depth. The nose has the rich Apsley Pinot fruit, but something else is pushing through; charcuterie, earthiness, and so much more. After smelling the wine you know the palate is going to be good. Very good! A powerful entry, filling the mouth with rich fruit, complex textural tannins and the indescribable mystery of pinot . As always decanting is recommended.

The Finer Details
Variety - Pinot Noir
Country -  Australia
Region - Tasmania
Sub Region
 - St Helens
Alc. Content - 14.1
Std Drinks (Approx.) - 8.3

Extra - Screwcap
Year - 2016
Volume - 750ml

About the Wine Maker

Located in the tiny settlement or Priory just 3 kms inland from the township of St Helens on the northern part of Tasmania’s east coast, not far from the Bay of Fires. The property has been in the family of Julie Llewellen since 1889 and in the last 20 years has been planted with 20 hectares of Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc and small amounts of other white varieties on an ideal warm north facing slope where the soil is decomposed Devonian granite which seems to confer a signature freshness and minerality into the wines produced. Winemaking for the Pinot Noir is all done at the Apsley Gorge winery by Brian Franklin who also does vintage each year in Burgundy with Philippe Charlopin (who was mentored by his friend Henri Jayer) in Gevrey Chambertin.