Tasmania’s Apsley Gorge is a world apart. The location is unique, the vineyard snuggled as it is under the Douglas Apsley National Park at the northern end of the East Coast, Apsley Gorge is in fact some distance inland, taking its name from a mountain pass. Clearly, Apsley Gorge shares with the other east coast wineries the capacity to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of excellent quality. Furthermore head winemaker Brian Franklin travels to Burgundy each year for the vintage, putting into practice at Apsley Gorge what he learns in Burgundy.
Deep red in colour. This is a serious wine that requires patience. It is initially reductive and has muted red berries, but given time really opens up with stemmy red fruits. The palate shows more fruit than the bouquet and has tremendous length with cinnamon and toffee notes against savoury earth and drying but rounded tannins. The length on the finish is superb and lingers. A Burgundian styled wine with an array of fruit, depth and general interest, it has a cult status, it is such a different and enjoyable expression of Tasmanian Pinot.