Dr Edge 'North' Pinot Noir 2022

$67.99

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Region: Tasmania
Grape:
 Pinot Noir
First Glance: Spicy, crunchy, cool-climate expression
Acclaim: 94+ points

Dr.
 Edge was started by the man behind the alter-ego, Peter Dredge, as a space for exploring more personal styles, whilst taking care of winemaking at Tasmania’s Meadowbank winery. As the name implies this label covers exciting, and often left-of-field takes on the classics. From skin-contact whites, over deftly made pet-nats to crunchy, bunchy Pinots. Ever curious, Peter even did a recent limited release of Pinot Noirs from some of the prime sub-regions of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
 

The North Pinot Noir is sourced entirely from the Tamar Valley, more specifically from the Stoney Rise Vineyard. This is a site with iron rich volcanic soils, and  a slightly warmer micro-climate. This makes the North Pinot Noir a broader and more powerful rendition than its 'South' sibling.
Made with 25% whole clusters (stems included), but all of the fruit, even the destemmed portion, is kept as whole berries. This promts the initial part of the fermentation to start inside the berry, and without access to oxygen, which promotes a sense of lifted freshness and clarity of fruit. Aged in older oak.


The review:
94+ point, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
Dark cherry, raspberry, distinct charcoal thing happening here, and while it’s a little overt and chunky as a young wine, the boisterous fruit and graphite tannin marks it out as a wine that should have an excellent future. Dried herb, nuts, cherry, and a ‘mineral’ inflection all make it seem like it’s waiting to make its mark. Give it a few years to roll out. Very good.