The New Collection

Dr Edge is one of the most highly sought-after wine brands in Australia. The cult, domestic following is incredibly strong with his annual release selling-out soon after its launch. So much so, we are the only wine merchant, outside of Australia who has access to his collection…

A young Peter Dredge had a promising sporting career wrecked by a wayward discus that struck him in the head, leaving him deaf in one ear. A substantial period of rehabilitation ensued to regain his balance, but his chosen path was brought to an unforeseen end. Dredgey (as he is often referred as) invested academically in sports science, which was put on hold when he took a gap year job at the Adelaide Hills winery, Petaluma.

With no family background in wine, Dredgey took the job more for the money rather than his appreciation of wine. However, it didn’t take long for him to be bitten by the wine bug whilst under the tutelage of Brian Croser. The year was 1998, and Brian, along with Petaluma winemaker Con Moshos were flying high, producing great wines and developing a special winemaking nursery for some exceptional talent.

Dredgey switched his sports-science degree to winemaking, taking a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Adelaide University. He confessed that his stint in the Adelaide Hills was far from easy and often contemplated pulling the plug, but with respect earned, and the enduring nickname of Dr Edge he overcame the obstacles and his fate was sealed.

In the end, he spent 12 years at Petaluma, before resigning and heading to Tasmania to take up the senior winemaker role for Bay of Fires. This move saw him exposed to the breadth and detail of grape-growing in Tasmania and gaining invaluable local knowledge from two friends of The Vinorium, Paul Lapsley and Ed Carr.  This led to his own project under the Dr Edge label, where he sourced Pinot Noir from the ‘North’ (Tamar Valley), the ‘East’ (East Coast), and the ‘South’ (Derwent Valley). He also makes a fourth Pinot Noir which is a blend of all three single vineyards. The same clone is used, each sub-regional wine is made in the exact same way, but different soils and locations provide their own, unique expressions.

 

Dredgey voices;  I’m not telling you one is better than the other but the soil type and/or micro-climate is the biggest difference between the three wines, you’ve got gravel soils from Joe Holyman’s vineyard, volcanic from the east coast, and mostly sandy from Meadowbank in the Derwent ValleyThe three Pinots are made exactly the same way, same clone, minimal oak. I’m trying to make a wine that’s as close as I can get to expressing that site."

 

Dredgey is also the winemaker for another Tassie producer, Meadowbank. He adopts the same, uncluttered approach where oak and winemaking take a back seat. Both labels show immense detail, lithe and complex with his Chardonnays offering cool stone fruit and citrus. His Pinot Noirs are hauntingly fragrant, supple, moreish and seek an intellectual approach. He also produces several Rieslings which talk with a German accent (he spent time working in Germany). Needless to say, quantities are extremely limited with only 50 cases of the Single Vineyard Pinots being produced and circa 300 of the blend. Sadly, we do not receive an allocation of his Riesling…

We, as Dr Edge’s only partner outside of Oz are super-proud to present his 2018 collection, which and for the very first time, includes his full suite of sublime Chardonnays.

 

A WORD ON PRICING

Dredgey has kindly provided Vinorium customers with a very special set of prices, which and when one factors in shipping, UK duty & VAT compared to his domestic offering is incredibly generous. All wines are being offered at £30.75 per bottle rather than our usual RRP of £39.95. The only caveat being that you all need to provide a little feedback, as Dredgey is very keen to hear your thoughts…

 
 
 

Dr. Edge makes all his chardonnays the same way, the blend is made to see if the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Fruit is handpicked, whole cluster pressed directly into old French Oak casks. No Fractions. Natural ferment, 9 months on lees. He’s on a bit of a ‘Does New French Oak as a flavour/tannin structure belong in Australian Wines, if we’re talking about vineyard sense of place or Terroir?’ rant at the moment. 25% of the barrels for each wine, including the blends (typically 1 of the 4 barriques per cuvée)  have around 10% by volume whole clusters inserted into the barrels’ juice for ferment, and for the 9 month maturation period. This is for a pinch of flavour and tannin structure derived from the vineyard as opposed to French oak. 

2019 will go into the annals as one of the classic vintages for those unaffected by the bushfires that started mid-summer. Dr Edge was completely unaffected. Although dry, the season was moderate to cool and boasted moderate to low yields and no disease pressure to align with some of the recent classics like 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2017.

If you’re tasting them side by side, the below order is recommended:

 

2019  Dr Edge ‘South’

 100% Derwent Valley -Single Vineyard - Meadowbank Vineyard

97-98 Points - Stuart McCloskey “The bouquet is penetrating, precise, and certainly descends from a cool, maritime climate. Scents of lemon, mineral, sea spray and jasmine graciously unfurl from the glass. With time, the aromatics intensify and quite considerably (see my footnote regarding temperature and decanting). The palate is incredibly complex, regal and struts its stuff with such confidence, all the while highlighting its self-control. Tightly coiled but balanced perfectly with a satiny stream of citrus and minerals. The saline note on the long finish is lovely. There’s beautiful weight to the wine and it cradles your palate with an admirable suspense. A very, very fine Chardonnay which would benefit from five or so years in the bottle and will fan-out gloriously over a decade or more. Served with Zalto Bordeaux glassware. Do not serve from the fridge. 11-13 degrees being the best temperature. Decant for a wee while as this wine needs a little aeration”.

 

2019  Dr Edge ‘East’

100% East Coast -Single Vineyard - Hazards Vineyard

97++ - 98 Points - Stuart McCloskey “Like the ‘South’ the bouquet speaks of its birthplace but with a little more concentration. Lemon oil, lemon thyme, licks of wet stone, sea salt and take a walk past Jasmine to really appreciate the floral aromatics. The palate is a touch waxier in style / weightier and offers more immediate enjoyment. That tell-tale salinity is such an attractive quality and works a treat with the fresh zip of citrus, flint and razor-sharp acidity. Extremely elegant and judged perfectly. This is just a beautiful, crystalline Tassie Chardonnay which will be amazing in five or so years. Served with Zalto Bordeaux glassware. Do not serve from the fridge. 11-13 degrees being the best temperature. Decant for a wee while as this wine needs a little aeration”.

 

2019  Dr Edge ‘North’

100% Tamar Valley -Single Vineyard - Auburn Rd Vineyard

98 Points - Stuart McCloskey  "The most floral bouquet of the three, with buttered citrus and fresh vanilla seeds drifting from the glass. Still, and not to bore, lemons, minerals and salinity are also present.. The palate offers an intense experience and not necessarily through flavour as the vitality and tension offers a wonderful shrill of excitement. The balance is exquisite and, given its age, it is difficult to pin-down exact flavours save for a little crisp, green apple. So much energy and tightly coiled like a piston waiting to explode. Minerals and citrus contrast with a marine-influenced finish which I love. Truly outstanding and will be hitting its stride in five or so years. Potentially perfect in ten. Served with Zalto Bordeaux glassware. Do not serve from the fridge. 11-13 degrees being the best temperature. Decant for a wee while as this wine needs a little aeration”.

* My scores are conservative as I feel the entire collection requires a little bottle age and some much-needed R&R (after their long trip) before evaluating fully. I look forward to returning later this year / early 2021.

 

2019  Dr Edge Tasmania Chardonnay

60% Derwent Valley 30% Tamar Valley 10% East Coast

Now it’s your turn.

The best and most accurate tasting note wins a three pack

Sample, enjoy and send your tasting note to our team at enquiries@thevinorium.co.uk

We will publish the winner's tasting note on Sunday 17th

Dr.Edge 2019 Chardonnay 4 Pack

Contains 1 of each chardonnay

RRP £159.80
Special Price £123.00 per 4 pack

 
 
 
 
 

All Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs from Dr. Edge are made the same way and are all Dijon 777 clone (light and ethereal clone in Tasmania).  The blend is made to see if the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The Blend utilises all manner of clones and techniques and is the house style or flagship wine.

All-natural ferment, roughly 1/3rd whole berry, 1/3rd whole clusters and 1/3rd carbonic maceration. All are averaging 12 days on skins and pressed while still fermenting. They finish up the ferment in old French oak casks.  9 months on lees and racked to bottle in January 2019.

2018 was an easy vintage for all styles, from sparkling to some of the newly planted Syrah vineyards in Tasmania. It was a little warmer and a little earlier but with no extremes in weather it made for a seamless path to the winery with little to no disease pressure. 

If you’re tasting them side by side, the below order is recommended.

 

2018  Dr Edge ’South’

100% Derwent Valley -Single Vineyard - Meadowbank

97++ Points - Stuart McCloskey "The bouquet invites you in with a serene welcoming, coming from delicate scents of raspberries, pomegranate and rose petals with a lifted spritz of orange rind which I like very much. The most classical of the four wines, and of course, youthful. The tannins are a whisper and offer no intrusion to the delicate fruit. Incredibly fine, lithe and full of wonderful freshness. The hallmark of this wine is its structural finesse which is simply exquisite. Built for the mid-term and does require a few years of bottle age (for maximum enjoyment). Served with Zalto Burgundy glassware

 

2018  Dr Edge ‘East’

100% East Coast -Single Vineyard - Hazards Vineyard

97+ Stuart McCloskey "Pungent aromatics soar from the glass ranging from sweet, ripe cherries, kirsch, spiced plum, rhubarb, orange rind and a little warmth from cinnamon bark. Medium-bodied, full of life but delicately played which is charming. The wine plays a lovely orchestra of elegance, poise and purity. The fruit component is ripe and wrapped in a cloak of silken textured tannins. The length is highly impressive and will offer beautiful drinking for years to come. My advice is to hide a case for 3-5 years and return to something special. Trust me, your patience will be richly rewarded. Served with Zalto Burgundy glassware."

 

2018  Dr Edge ‘North’

100% Tamar Valley -Single Vineyard - Stoney Rise Vineyard

97+ Points - Stuart McCloskey "North is a thought-provoking mix of East and South – The nose is brooding and offers hints of ‘East’s’ richness whilst being restrained by the classicism from the ‘South.’ Wild dark berries dominate the bouquet along with lifted, floral aromatics and that tell-tale twist of orange peel. Perfectly balanced with filigree tannin, a partnership that is utterly captivating and typifies Peter’s ‘allow nature to make your wine’ attitude. There’s a touch more puppy-fat compared to the other two sites however, everything is woven together with perfection, which and for those who have a little patience, will be rewarded handsomely in five or so years. The finish is sweet and a touch creamy. The length epic. Served with Zalto Burgundy glassware."

* My scores are conservative as I feel the entire collection requires a little bottle age and some much-needed R&R (after their long trip) before evaluating fully. I look forward to returning later this year / early 2021.

 

2018 Dr Edge Tasmania Pinot Noir

60% Derwent Valley 30% East Coast 10% Tamar Valley

Now it’s your turn.

The best and most accurate tasting note wins a three pack

Sample, enjoy and send your tasting note to our team at enquiries@thevinorium.co.uk

We will publish the winner's tasting note on Sunday 17th

Dr.Edge 2018 Pinot Noir 4 Pack

Contains 1 of each pinot noir

RRP £159.80
Special Price £123.00 per 4 pack

 
 

"Each sub-regional wine is made in the exact same way, but different soils and locations provide their own, unique expressions."

 

Dr.Edge Pinot Noir & Chardonnay 8 Pack

1 x 'Tasmania' Chardonnay 2019
1 x 'Tasmania' Pinot Noir 2018

1 x  'North' Chardonnay 2019
1 x 'North' Pinot Noir 2018

1 x 'East' Chardonnay 2019
1 x 'East' Pinot Noir 2018

1 x 'South' Chardonnay 2019
1 x 'South' Pinot Noir 2018

RRP £319.60
Special Price £246.00 per 8 pack

 
 

A blend of all three single vineyards:
Derwent Valley, ​East Coast and Tamar Valley

 

Dr. Edge Pinot Noir &
Chardonnay
 'Tasmania' 2 Pack

RRP £79.90
Special Price £61.50 per 2 pack

 
 

Dr. Edge 'Tasmania' Pinot Noir 2018

RRP £39.95
Special Price £30.75 per bottle

 
 

100% Tamar Valley
Single Vineyard - Stoney Rise Vineyard

Maritime influences from the Bass Strait are very important to the growing conditions here. Prevailing winds from continental Australia are cooled as they head over the strait, and when they arrive in the vineyards they bring refreshment to the sun-warmed vineyards. This moderated climate means that there is a long, slow growing season, which is excellent for the development of acidity in the grapes, balancing out the fruit complexity and making for fresh, taut wines with good longevity.

Dr. Edge Pinot Noir /
Chardonnay
 'North' 2 Pack

 

RRP £79.90
Special Price £61.50 per 2 pack

 
 

100% East Coast
Single Vineyard - Hazards Vineyard

Dr. Edge Pinot Noir /
Chardonnay
 'East' 2 Pack

 

RRP £79.90
Special Price £61.50 per 2 pack

 
 

100% Derwent Valley
Single Vineyard  - Meadowbank

Derwent Valley has a similar cool climate to the rest of Tasmania, very much under the maritime influence of the Tasman Sea. Mountains to the west offer protection from the prevailing westerly weather systems, leaving Derwent River Valley a calm, sunny area with cooler evenings.

Dr. Edge Pinot Noir /
Chardonnay
 'South' 2 Pack

 

RRP £79.90
Special Price £61.50 per 2 pack

 
 

The 2017 Collection

 

Dr. Edge 'Tasmanian' Pinot Noir 2017

97 Points - James Halliday "MV6, 777 and 115 clones, 60% from the Derwent Valley, 30% East Coast and 10% Tamar Valley. The bouquet is multifaceted, with no single message from the single vineyard group, the palate moving onto another tier, but carries with it the higher-toned red fruits of clone 115 (compared to MV6 last year). It also achieves a lightness of touch without any sacrifice of line or length. This is the serious business of enjoyment, not the science of dissecting small pieces of a large puzzle."

Was £39.95
Now £30.75 per bottle

 
 

Dr. Edge 'North' Pinot Noir 2017

96+ Points - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front) "It’s a Big Day in the North. Woah. Pow pow powerful, yet light too. Dark cherries, damp earth, spice, maybe some cheeky violet, but a brooding kind of ‘minerality’ throughout. Tannin is firm, a long emery rasp through the palate, pure acidity, perfume, earth and grip on a long finish. There’s some meatiness and smoky reductive stuff here, for sure, but the fruit and vineyard shines through. I’m all about this. Wonderful."

Was £39.95
Now £30.75 per bottle

 
 

Dr. Edge 'East' Pinot Noir 2017

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."

Was £39.95
Now £30.75 per bottle

 
 

Dr Edge 'South' Pinot Noir 2017

95+ Points - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front) "Fine perfume, pretty and floral, strawberries dusted with pepper and spice, smoky autumn leaves and walks in the park. It’s delicate, rose petals over strawberry, cool bell-clear acidity, a playful rasp of tannin, and a spicy strawberry finish of impeccable length. Lacy, delicate wine. Diaphanous and thoroughly charming. Oh yes."

Was £39.95
Now £30.75 per bottle