96 Points - James Halliday
The Dr Edge Pinots are part of a voyage of discovery, so it is that the East, North and South are all clone 115 (the ‘16s were MV6), and all have identical vinification: half whole-bunch carbonic maceration, half whole berries, once wild fermentation begins, 80% of the bunches are destemmed on top with 20% remaining as whole bunches, matured in French barriques (10% new) for 9 months. Fragrant, with more red fruits, long and silky; reflects the clonal change, driven by the very cool vintage, the tannin sotto voce.
This is sappy, crunchy, and quite stalky, with layers of spice, red fruits mainly, and a tense bony feel. It’s savoury and sappy, structure over flavour to an extent, but does carry through the palate and finish very well. Really like how the tannin and sappy acidity gives it a nervous energy. It’s really very good, but needs a few years to relax.
Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
The most hotly anticipated arrival out of Tasmania…
Dredgy (as Peter is known) produces four Pinot Noirs - North, South, East and the Tasmanian blend. They are made almost identically, in the same (tiny) batch size. The regional characteristics are the only separation. True wines which show-off Tasmania’s regional terroir superbly. Year-in-year-out, Dr Edge wines sell-out within weeks to a loyal, cult following. We have worked incredibly hard (it has taken almost a full year of communications) to bring Dredgy’s wines to the UK for the first time. ‘Tiny’ allocations translates to exactly that – We only have 36 x bottles of the North, South, East. The Tassie blend offers more quantity and offers the same, profound drinking.
Decanting for an hour is essential and please try them in Zalto Burgundy glass. The investment in one glass takes your drinking pleasure to a higher level. *Please also allow a few weeks of R&R as they’ve been on a very long journey*
Positioned just over 400 km from mainland Australia’s south east coast, Tasmania has rapidly gained a reputation for being a premium, cool climate wine region, not just for sparkling wines but also for top quality still wines such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. With vineyard sites positioned on the north and south east side of the island taking full advantage of the cool, maritime influences and coastal breezes that help to preserve the crisp acidity and freshness that is so important in producing wines of this Calibre. Wine makers in Tasmania utilise the whole region often blending parcels from vineyards across the different sub-regions that each lend its own specific identity to the wines.
Tamar Valley on the north coast is one of the warmer sub-regions with a higher level of rainfall producing fruit with a riper character. Just to the east of this is Pipers River, one of Tasmania’s coolest regions with a terroir dominated by red, ferrosol soils and home to the outstanding sparkling wine producer House Of Arras. Created by Ed Carr who is unanimously considered to be Australia’s greatest sparkling wine maker, House Of Arras source grapes from top vineyard sites located on Tasmania’s south and eastern coastal sub-regions. Also based in Pipers River is our best selling wine of 2018, Bay Of Fires Chardonnay utilising grapes from several Tasmania’s cool eastern coastal regions. As we travel south we come to the East Coast region followed by Coal River Valley, Derwent Valley and Huon Valley. Based in the Huon Valley is Glaetzer-Dixon, responsible for producing, amongst others, the legendary La Judith Pinot Noir with 3 years of aging in new oak. Dr Edge is a producer that focuses on the unique expression of each terroir creating three individual, single vineyard Pinot Noirs each from a different sub-region. Simply named North - from Stoney Rise vineyard in Tamar Valley, East – from Hazards Vineyard in the East Coast and South – from Meadow Bank vineyard in Derwent Valley. As well as these single vineyard expressions Dr Edge also produces a blend of all three named Tasmania. Situated in Tasmania’s smallest sub-region Coal River Valley is Tolpuddle Vineyard who utilise this region’s tendency for slow ripening producing intense wines with layers of complexity.
Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass
For full-bodied to powerful wines, which are expressive but also show minerality and smooth character. Accentuates complexity and finesse.
Ideal for: All types of Wine. Great as a small Red Wine Glass or an all round White Wine Glass. Adequate for Rosé too. Especially good for: Chardonnay, Chianti, Riesling and ‘Smaragd’ – wines from the Wachau.
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