Dexter Pinot Noir

Dexter Pinot Noir 2018

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria   |    750ml   |    14%
Dexter Wines is the project of Tod Dexter who has several decades winemaking experience in the Mornington Peninsula, most notably at Stonier and Yabby Lake. Suffice to say, Tod brings some real winemaking pedigree to this personal venture that is reflected in the exceptional quality of his wines.

This 2018 Dexter Pinot Noir is another mouth-wateringly delicious Mornington Peninsula with the complexity and structure found in only the finest Australian Pinot Noir. It offers complex flavours of blackberries, plums, spices and hints of oak. It has a soft entry with mid palate fruit sweetness and lovely texture. The finish is long with balanced acid and fine tannins.

Reviews of the 2017 vintage of Dexter Pinot Noir included below;

"97 Points. Clear crimson-purple; wastes no time in laying siege with its fruit bouquet and (in particular) palate. It’s hard to decide whether it’s the dark berry (black cherry and blackberry) or the savoury texture and length that are the best points of a truly outstanding pinot. 13.5% alc, screwcap drink to 2032, $60" - James Halliday, The Australian, March 16 2019.

"96/100. Bright red/ purple colour and a superbly fresh, fragrant, cherry aromas, with background spices and dried herb traces. Very intense, vibrant and precise. An outstanding young pinot destined for a long & distinguished life" - Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com.

Availability: In stock

$54.90
Only available for purchase in 6 bottle increments.
Dexter Wines is the project of Tod Dexter who has several decades winemaking experience in the Mornington Peninsula, most notably as head winemaker at Stoniers and then Yabby Lake. Suffice to say, Tod brings some real winemaking pedigree to his personal venture that is reflected in the consistently exceptional quality Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay and Pinot Noir under the Dexter label.
6
Victoria
Mornington Peninsula
750
14
Harvest date 2nd week of March

Clones MV6 (70%) 777 (20%) D5V12 (10%)

Vintage Notes: 2018 was warm and dry on the Mornington Peninsula. Ideal weather around flowering and fruit set delivered a large crop throughout the region with very high quality. The absence of disease, combined with perfect ripening conditions provided us with high quality fruit. Harvest date was relatively normal compared with the long term average despite the larger than average crop. In summary the season has produced good flavour ripeness with bright and intense fruit flavours, nice structure and good acid balance.

Winemaking: Hand-picked fruit was destemmed without crushing and elevated into small open fermenters. The must was left un-inoculated for 2-3 days and when fermentation was observed cultured yeast was added. One fermenter was put aside for whole bunch fermentation and this component is 9% of the final blend. Fermentation temperatures peaked at around 32°C and during fermentation the cap was plunged up to 2 times per day. 2-3 days after fermentation was complete, the must was gently pressed and transferred into French Oak bariques and puncheons (25% New, 15% second use 21% third use and 39% older) where MLF occurred before winter. It was bottled late December 2018, 8 months after harvest.

Wine Analysis

Alcohol 14.0%

pH 3.64

Acid 6.0 g/l

Sugar dry

Nose: Aromas of dark berry fruits such as blackberry, plums and cherries with background aromas of dried herbs and spices.

Palate: The wine is similar to the 2016. The complex flavours are of blackberries, plums, spices and hints of oak. It has a soft entry with mid palate fruit sweetness and lovely texture. The finish is long with balanced acid and fine tannins. It should age very well.

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