Apogee Vintage Brut 2019


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Region: Northern Tasmania
Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Meunier
First Glance: Fine, Detailed, Elegant, Fresh

The Wine:
A vineyard blend of, 63% Chardonnay, 21% Pinot Noir, 13% Fromenteau (Pinot Gris) and 3.0% pinot Meunier was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed with oxidative handling methods to enhance complex flavours and degrade pigment derived from the black pinot noir skins. The oxidative pressing makes sparkling more complex and less fruity. It was tiraged (bottled with yeast) on 22 December 2019 and is currently disgorged (yeast removed) with around 30 months on lees.

Desirable green-gold hues indicate youthful vitality and good ageing potential and persistent, fine mousse. The nose shows a lifted floral aroma of white flowers, biscuity yeast, minerally sea breeze or oyster shell and a hint of hazelnut, honey and caramel. The palate is finely balanced between acidity, fruit flavours and a low dosage (liqueur addition) giving intensely flavoured mid- palate, acidity without bitterness in the finish and a long after-taste.