“I make Pinot Noir in a
very traditional Burgundian style.”
– Brian Franklin, wine maker at Apsley Gorge
Situated in the foothills of the mountain range near the entrance
to Douglas Apsley National Park, this vineyard is sheltered from the
westerly winds and is the last to pick each year.
Vines planted in 1989 produced their first vintage in 1993. Since 2000 winemaker Brian Franklin has visited France annually to study their style and reflects this in his wines.
Apsley Gorge Pinot yields one and a half tonnes of grapes per hectare
to produce 2,000 cases each year (average elsewhere is eight tonnes).
In 2015, 300 cases of Chardonnay were produced and additional vines planted.
Brian doesn’t irrigate or use herbicides and is the only east coast vineyard
to use indigenous yeast. He believes his intensive approach yields better
wine expressing the terroir and the vintage. Whilst he won’t be labelled,
his practices make him a truly organic producer.