Pirie is based in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley region and is the creation of Dr Andrew Pirie, one of Australia’s most respected winemakers and the driving force behind the modern Tasmanian wine industry. Pirie produces three ranges – Pirie South, Pirie Estate and Pirie Reserve.
Pirie South wines are made with the aim of producing fresh, aromatic wines, using the finesse of northern Tasmanian fruit. These early-drinking wine styles, are all unoaked to deliver maximum expression of fruit. The Estate wines are made only with the best parcels of fruit and show that the quality of Tasmanian wines can compare with the very best from Australia and beyond. The reserve wines are only made in exceptional vintages – the Clark’s Botrytis Riesling and Sigma Pinot Noir are accordingly both truly special wines.
Quality is paramount and, although small, the winery can boast computer controlled heating and cooling on all tanks, a range of red fermenters, from traditional small open vats to a state-of-the-art rotating vinimatic, plus a well-equiped lab. With tank sizes down to 500 litres, the ability to give individual attention to small parcels of wine is essential, not only for our wines, but also for the number of small local growers whose wines we make under contract.
Given the cool Tasmanian weather, the fact that everything is inside is of great benefit to wines and winemakers alike. This, along with the restaurant Estelle being right next door, is probably why our visiting winemakers always ask to come back the next year.Share and Enjoy: