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PIPERS BROOK VINEYARD Pellion Pinot Noir, Northern Tasmania 1995

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PIPERS BROOK VINEYARD Pellion Pinot Noir, Northern Tasmania 1995 PIPERS BROOK VINEYARD Pellion Pinot Noir, Northern Tasmania 1995

PIPERS BROOK VINEYARD Pellion Pinot Noir, Northern Tasmania 1995

PIPERS BROOK VINEYARD Pellion Pinot Noir, Northern Tasmania
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PIPERS BROOK VINEYARD Pellion Pinot Noir, Northern Tasmania
  • Style: Pinot Noir
  • Vintage: 1995
  • Region: Northern Tasmania
  • Code: PBP
  • Varietal: Pinot Noir
  • Country: Australia

Region Northern Tasmania

Cool to cold climate/Elevation 15-200m The arrival of Andrew Pirie and the planting of vineyards around Pipers Brook near Launceston in Tasmania’s north really kicked off northern Tasmania’s wine industry. The vineyards are all located in cool to cold maritime areas. The warmest and sunniest part of the island is in the north. At Pipers Brook most of the vineyards are located on slopes at elevations of around 100 to 140m on basalt-derived gravelly soils with relatively high iron content. Pipers Brook vineyards are close spaced on north-facing vineyards but quite exposed to wind. Riesling has thrived, while Chardonnay and Bordeaux varieties are a mixed bag, and Pinot Noir is showing great potential. Mesoclimate and individual sites differ markedly around Tasmania. The Tamar Valley, close to Pipers Brook, is estuarine influenced. In terms of wine investment, Tasmania has a very small presence. Despite a strong commitment by BRL Hardy in sparkling wine production and a few relatively lar
Cool to cold climate/Elevation 15-200m The arrival of Andrew Pirie and the planting of vineyards around Pipers Brook near Launceston in Tasmania’s north really kicked off northern Tasmania’s wine industry. The vineyards are all located in cool to cold maritime areas. The warmest and sunniest part of the island is in the north. At Pipers Brook most of the vineyards are located on slopes at elevations of around 100 to 140m on basalt-derived gravelly soils with relatively high iron content. Pipers Brook vineyards are close spaced on north-facing vineyards but quite exposed to wind. Riesling has thrived, while Chardonnay and Bordeaux varieties are a mixed bag, and Pinot Noir is showing great potential. Mesoclimate and individual sites differ markedly around Tasmania. The Tamar Valley, close to Pipers Brook, is estuarine influenced. In terms of wine investment, Tasmania has a very small presence. Despite a strong commitment by BRL Hardy in sparkling wine production and a few relatively large-scale ventures, NorthernTasmania has still to find its feet. This is illustrated by the change of ownership of several enterprises – Pipers Brook being the most recent. Riesling Riesling has shown the most promise in this marginal wine-growing region. They have pronounced limey aromas with a touch of dried herb/spice nuances, fine acidity and plenty of concentration and length. Vintage is important Chardonnay Chardonnay has struggled. The climate is extremely marginal and botrytis seems to be a perennial problem in some vineyards. Producers are able to make leaner Burgundian styles, but many seem to have a herbal edge to them. Sparkling wine producers (specifically Hardys and Domaine Chandon) value the fruit highly, which is where its ultra-fine future probably lies in the medium term. Pipers Brook Chardonnay was once one of Australia’s leading wines, but is now lost in a sea of Australian Chardonnays. However it can only get better! Pinot Noir Some good expressions of Pinot Noir are produced in these parts. Pipers Brook and Tamar Ridge are making Burgundian styles, although vintage is an important consideration. Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
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Winery PIPERS BROOK VINEYARD

Langton’s Selections Pipers Brook Lyre Pinot Noir, Pipers Brook Riesling, Pipers Brook Reserve Chardonnay Originally a boutique winery founded by Dr Andrew Pirie, Pipers Brook followed a path of rapid expansion during the 1990s. In 2001 after having downsized its operation to once again concentrate on smaller scale winemaking, Pipers Brook became a takeover target. Kreglinger (Australia) Pty Ltd, a Belgium owned company primarily concerned with wool and sheep exports since 1893, is now the majority shareholder. It also owns vineyards in the emerging Mount Benson region on South Australia’s Limestone Coast. Pipers Brook Riesling is one of the better performing Rieslings outside the Clare and Eden Valleys, the fruit sourced primarily from Pipers Brook and Tamar Valley vineyards. Established in 1974 the Chardonnay vineyard is one of the oldest Chardonnay plantings in Australia. The vineyards are close planted (an unusual vineyard practice in Australia) on well-drained, gravelly soil
Langton’s Selections Pipers Brook Lyre Pinot Noir, Pipers Brook Riesling, Pipers Brook Reserve Chardonnay Originally a boutique winery founded by Dr Andrew Pirie, Pipers Brook followed a path of rapid expansion during the 1990s. In 2001 after having downsized its operation to once again concentrate on smaller scale winemaking, Pipers Brook became a takeover target. Kreglinger (Australia) Pty Ltd, a Belgium owned company primarily concerned with wool and sheep exports since 1893, is now the majority shareholder. It also owns vineyards in the emerging Mount Benson region on South Australia’s Limestone Coast. Pipers Brook Riesling is one of the better performing Rieslings outside the Clare and Eden Valleys, the fruit sourced primarily from Pipers Brook and Tamar Valley vineyards. Established in 1974 the Chardonnay vineyard is one of the oldest Chardonnay plantings in Australia. The vineyards are close planted (an unusual vineyard practice in Australia) on well-drained, gravelly soils. Vintage generally takes place in late April with cropping levels of approximately 2.5 tonnes per acre. The Opimium Cabernet – once a stalwart on the secondary wine market and re-badged Tamar – is now discontinued. The Lyre Pinot Noir (named after a trellising type) is Pipers Brook’s flagship wine. It is vinified in small open vats and macerated on skins for up to 15 days. The wine is then aged in French oak for around 16 months. The Reserve Pinot Noir, made along similar lines, is well regarded. The Summit Chardonnay, which is aged in oak for 18 months, is still made but has never really made much of an impact on the secondary wine market. Pipers Brook has re-invented itself in recent years. Under the Pipers Brook Vineyard label it releases a range of excellent varietals including Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Ninth Island brand is aimed at early drinking styles. Despite progress in the real primary markets, Pipers Brook has lost cachet on the secondary wine market. It’s much to do with the overall sentiment of the market which is highly focussed on cellaring red wines. In truth Pipers Brook makes some really good wines. At auction they can be something of a bargain – especially the old Opimiums! Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
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ABN: 13 133 179 656
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