Grape: Pinot Noir
First Glance: Nervy, lifted, 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.
As with all of the 'Tasmania' range, the Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from the northern Tamar Valley (20%) and the southern Derwent Valley (80%).
As for the technical notes, we can't say it better than the Dr himself: "All manner of whole cluster inclusion, hand stomp, foot stomp and bum stomp maceration occurs across each parcel before blending to the Dr's house style. Natural yeast (Pied de Cuve method) ferments the grapes which are pressed to old oak casks to lay low for 9 months before bottling without the use of fining agents."
94 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
I’d guess a blend of North and East this year.
Spicy, cherry and raspberry, hazelnut and earthy things. It’s bright, with a sappy and spicy edge, cranberry acidity and fine emery tannin, dark cherry and walnut, with a little blood orange zest on a finish of dried raspberry and spice. A lot of energy here, kind of nervy, but really good.