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There's a little-known secret here in the Tamar Valley, and it starts with P. No, it's not Pinot, but you're close. We call it Pirie: our premium sparkling house that produces traditional method wines made with a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.
There’s meticulous planning and patience required, and even then it takes crossed fingers in the hope of the ideal cool conditions. With a little luck, we hand-pick the cold climate grapes and let our experts do their thing before putting our feet up for two years. But when it’s time to set it free, those bubbles are well worth the wait. You can ask the sparkling wine critics. Or, better still, try it for yourself.
As we celebrate the arrival of the 2011 Pirie Late Disgorged, Senior Winemaker Tom Wallace shares what he’s most proud of, and what you can expect from this long-awaited release.
96 points, 2024 Halliday Wine Companion
Combining aromas of fresh lemon curd and baked sourdough with a punchy palate of cool-climate acidity that's equal parts elegant and alluring, the 2011 Pirie Late Disgorged is a testament to Tom's winemaking prowess — and his dedication to sharing the fruits of our labour, no matter how long the wait.
"...Light straw with a fine, energetic bead and mousse. Aromas of green apple, citrus fruits, and redcurrants with underlying hints of fresh brioche, soft spice, oyster shell, tarte tartin, white flowers, pastry shop, and crushed stone. A picture of precision with a racy cadence and plenty of tension gently pulling in the expansive biscuity autolysis characters, finishing long and pure with a lovely mineral focus." — David Brookes, Halliday Wine Companion
Senior Winemaker, Tom Wallace
94 points, 2024 Halliday Wine Companion
Made in the traditional method with grapes from our Tamar Valley vineyard, Pirie is the perfect embodiment of premium Tasmanian sparkling, and our vintages are few and far between.
"A 55/45% blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sourced from the Tamar Valley, with small amounts from earlier vintages matured in used French oak. Second fermentation in the bottle with two years on lees prior to disgorgement. It's as fresh as a daisy; the palate long, the finish and aftertaste nodding their heads in agreement." — James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion
97 points | Double Gold, Global Fine Wine Challenge 2023
The most recent release of our multi-awarded Pirie Sparkling Vintage 2018 shines with notes of lemon biscuit and granny smith apple; a rich, creamy blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that celebrate the marriage between climate and soil.
"Quite a complete nose. Bright and creamy with pleasing nuances of bread crust and cracked wheat. A beautifully complete wine with excellent intensity and flow. Complex. Layered. Long.” — Toni Patterson MW
Bronze Medal, 2022 Tasmanian Wine Show
The secret is not to rush things and to be particularly picky. But when it’s time to set it free, those bubbles are well worth the wait. Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes with 3.5 years on lees, the latest vintage of this delectable Pirie Sparkling Rosé tastes like strawberries and cream in a bottle; the perfect pairing for a sweet summer parfait, or cured salmon on toast.