Grape: Pinot Noir
First Glance: Nervy, lifted, cool-climate expression
Acclaim: 95 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 South Pinot Noir is sourced entirely from the Upper Derwent Valley, near Meadowbank winery where Peter is based when not donning the Dr Edge-cape. This is the cooler climate of the two single site releases, and so this is a lighter and more lifted of the two
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. No new oak was harmed in the making of this wine.
95 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
South is maybe the go this year.
Not then brightest in terms of colour, but gee it really has some get up and go. Strawberry, raspberry, mandarin skin, spice and earthiness. It’s light but full of energy, so much crunch and sappy strawberry flavour, cool and long, fine pumice stone tannin, and a sappy red fruited finish of excellent length. A bit umami with it, but precision, tightness and vigour is the thing here. Light but so brightly lit. Excellent.