I bought the 2012 vintage from Brian Franklin back in August 2017, but I didn’t do a promo straight away as I thought I’d wait for some ratings.
After all these years, you’d think I would know better.
Brian doesn’t send his wines to raters (his wines sell out to his loyal clients) and only very occasionally will a bottle find its way to a review.
So here’s what I know about the 2012 Pinot.
First thing, it comes from about as far east as you can go in Tasmania, from a vineyard a little to the north of Bicheno. It was released after the 2013 vintage as Brian wanted to hold it back to let it soften a bit more. It was a big wine at youth (the only way Brian makes them) and it needed that extra time.
I”ll stick my neck out and say that it’s the last Pinot to be picked anywhere in Australia. It’s certainly the last to be picked in Tasmania, with picking usually taking place in the first week of May. Hell, on the mainland some Pinots would be picked, bottled, labelled and out to customers by then!
I can tell you that it’s listed in one of the MBS celebrity restaurants in Singapore, and it’s a personal favourite of one of the celebrity chefs.
I can also tell you that you should avoid drinking it.
Whoa! that might have stopped you in your tracks…but let me finish.
If you can, you should try and avoid drinking it without a big decant. Without a decant, it can be a bit pongy, and you’ll wonder what the fuss is about. But give it a big decant, and it will sing and you’ll underatnd why the loyal followers stay loyal. How big? Overnight if you can resist, but as a minimum, I’d let it breathe for an hour.
The wine is currently on the Apsley Gorge website ( http://apsleygorgevineyard.com) at A$65, but is being sold at the Pinot Shop in Launceston at A$75. It’s S$74 here and currently all of it is in Melbourne (18 bottles) so it can be here by around 9 August if ordered by 31 July. As usual, no minimum purchsase required.
You will always find a bottle of Apsley Gorge pinot in my cellar.
I promo’d this wine back in late 2017 (@ S$108) and it sold out. I got some more earlier this year in my Jackson Family Wines allocation so here it is again but this time with a couple of new ratings from James Suckling and Wine Spectator.
It’s also been repriced slightly, down to S$103 which according to my exchange rate calculations makes it exactly the same price that it was released in the US, i.e. US$75.
I’ve often heard people say that US wines are so expensive in Singapore. I can’t do much about the retail price over there, but I can make sure that by the time they get here (at least for the one’s I represent), the price remains fair.
Here’s the other ZENA CROWN wines in stock and all are S$ equivalent of US$ release price:
2014 “The Slope” Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir – 14 bottles – S$137 – Robert Parker 93+, James Suckling 92, Wine Spectator 92, Decanter 92
2014 “The Sum” Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir – 14 bottles – S$103 – Robert Parker 92, Wine Spectator 92
Here’s another great Mornington pinot at close to its retail price in Australia.
Order now for delivery late June.
NEW ARRIVALS IN MELBOURNE
PROVENANCE WINES, Geelong
2016 “Golden Plains” Pinot Noir – 24 btls – S$49 – Haliday 95
MICHAEL HALL, Adelaide Hills
2016 “Piccadilly” Sauvignon Blanc – 12 btls – S$54 – Halliday 96 (an oaked sauvignon blanc)