We have had an exciting development at Apsley Gorge, with Jacob Andersen being appointed Vineyard Manager and Winemaker. Jacob is the son of Nick Andersen who helped establish Apsley Gorge from 1989. Nick came on board with no vineyard experience, but his innovation, initiative, dedication and sheer hard work has made Apsley Gorge Vineyard what it is today. Nick, wife Pauline, and their two sons Nicolas and Jacob lived on the vineyard and the boys grew up there. Sadly Nick passed away in December 2014.
As a boy Jake worked on the vineyard, although I think it was more like child slave labor, and again when he finished school. He completed the TAFE viticulture courses before a stint in the Royal Australian Navy. He returned to Tassie and worked with Brown Brothers at Bicheno before coming back to his old home. He now lives on the vineyard with his partner, Emilie, a Belgian national who is also a passionate wine grower.
Nick planted his own Pinot vineyard at Bicheno, which is now lovingly tended by Pauline with Jacob making the wine.
2017 Pinot is now available in our online store.
Notes on the 2017 Pinot by Brian Franklin:
Colour: A dark, intense colour.
Nose: Sweet, pure pinot fruit with an underlying earthy character.
Palate: Rich complex entry. Beautifully textured tannins leading into a rewarding lingering finish. A fine example of Tasmanian East Coast Pinot.