Planted by Tasmanian pioneer Dr Andrew Pirie, Bird vineyard is one of the newer (15 yo) sites in the Pipers River region in the north east of Tasmania. Thanks to the generosity of the team at Pipers Brook, we are lucky to get a lovely parcel of clone 114 Pinot from the Bird Vineyard. The most elegant of our ‘Grower’ wines Bird, displays bright and crunchy red fruits, laced with super aromatic spice. Ethereal and racy, with a long sapid finish. A lot of intensity packed into a lighter frame.
"Piper’s River Pinot Noir. Homeschooling. I just cooked a bunch of chicken nuggets for my kids, so bird bird bird, bird is the word. Well, one of them. Some of the others are best left unsaid. This is grown on sandy soil, all clone 114, takes about 5-10% whole bunch, and no new oak.
Delicate style, and don’t mind me, but puts me in mind of a good Frappato! Spiced strawberry, all the crunchy red fruits, a whiff of flowering basil and something a little steely. It’s light, lively, a dusting of white pepper tannin, fine lines and fresh flavour, with a finish offering brightness, a twist of orange peel, and gentle emery grip. A wonderful invigorating thing to drink. Sometimes less is more."
93+Pts, Gary Walsh, Winefront