Sumary of Wine tour with a difference: A designated pilot:
- The helicopter wine hop, organised by James Welsh, co-owner and sommelier of Stillwater, the Launceston restaurant and boutique hotel, visits Sinapius and Apogee vineyards in the Pipers River region before landing for lunch at Ghost Rock in Tasmania’s north-west.
- auAPOGEE It’d be a 15-minute drive, but in our machine it takes minutes to hop from Sinapius over to Apogee, home to Andrew Pirie who is to Tasmanian wine what Miles Davis was to the trumpet.
- Apogee (the word means “zenith”, or “highest point” in both French and English – just as well in the wine game) is a concentrated two hectares of plantings, but from that, Pirie makes around 15,000 bottles of wine.
- Not any old fizz either – the Apogee Deluxe Vintage Brut 2016 tops the charts with many authorities, near and far.
- We settle on the deck with a platter of Tasmanian produce and taste Apogee’s “big four”, the Brut 2016, the Deluxe Vintage Rose 2018, the Alto Pinot Gris 2020 and finally the Pinot Noir 2019, limited to 2000 bottles and with “such a delicate style, similar to southern Burgundy.
- “Cellar door and tastings by appointment, see apogeetasmania.