Dexter Pinot Noir
Min. Quantity: 1
The Dexter Pinot Noir has aromas of dark cherry, blackberry, bay leaf and thyme with subtle floral fragrance and hints of oak. It has a soft entry with mid palate fruit sweetness and lovely texture. Fine tannins and balanced acidity result in a wine with good texture and length.
Expert Reviews & Awards
"Light, bright and just right. That’s thanks to a mix of ripe strawberries and macerated cherries, with a dusting of dried mint and fresh basil. Smooth texture, fine if light tannins and best enjoyed in its youth."
(On the 2020 vintage).
Halliday Wine Companion - February 2022 (JF) — 92 Points
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. 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 puncheons (25% new, 15% second use 60% older) where MLF occurred before winter. It was bottled late December, 9 months after harvest.
Todd Dexter grew up with wine. A childhood friendship one of Melbourne's premium wine merchants, the Crittenden family, introduced him to the vast world of wine. It was then no surprise that in 1974, after working a ski season in the US, Tod ended up in the Napa Valley where he spent a seven-year apprenticeship with one of California’s premium family wineries, Cakebread Cellars. Tod moved home to Australia in January 1987 and after an extensive search, he and his wife Debbie bought a vineyard site at Tuerong on the Mornington Peninsula. Later that year, they planted their first 1.6 hectares of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Tod then joined Brian Stonier at Stonier Wines as head winemaker. Over the next ten years, Tod and Brian grew the company to become one of Australia’s premium producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. During this decade the wines Tod created received many accolades both at home and internationally, and the Dexter vineyard provided Stonier with reserve-grade fruit under the careful eye of Tod and Debbie. During a formative trip to France in 2000, where they visited the most famous Pinot Noir producers in the world, Tod and Debbie gained a new respect for the concept of terroir and the responsibility to future generations in caring for the land. Tod also had reinforced to him the importance of attention to detail in both the vineyard and winery. This trip was what encouraged Tod and Debbie to take the next step and produce their own wine from the vineyard that they had established and cared for through its formative years. Thus, almost 20 years after the first vines in the Dexter vineyard were planted, Dexter Wines was born.
About Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is one of the world's most loved, light bodied red wines. Pinot Noir can be made into a variety wine styles, from light and fruity styles featuring cherry and strawberry notes to more complex, gamey and earthy styles. Pinot Noir is usually higher in acid and lower in tannin, making it an ideal pairing for lighter, fattier foods duck, cheese and lamb. Often, the region defines the style. Along with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir is the main grape variety in Burgundy, where the cooler climate produces highly prized wines, loved throughout history of drinking wine! Germany is also known for high quality Pinot Noir, produced in the cooler regions of Pfalz and Baden. As well as France and Germany, the 'new world' wine countries such as the USA, Chile, South Africa and New Zealand also produce high quality Pinot Noir. The list of top Pinot Noir regions in the world includes; Sonoma County, Carneros, Santa Barbara County and Oregon (USA), Casablanca (Chile), Walker Bay (South Africa), Marlborough and Central Otago (New Zealand). Australia also has pockets of high quality Pinot Noir in multiple regions but some of the best Pinot Noir wines are made in the Yarra Valley, Tasmania, The Mornington Peninsula and the Adelaide Hills.
About Mornington Peninsula
The Mornington Peninsula is an inspiring wine region, known for high quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio also grow well in the region's ideal, maritime climate. Located 70 kilometres south of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is surrounded by three bodies of water (including Port Philip Bay and the Bass Strait), providing ideal cooling breezes (it can be windy at times) and cooler nights that helps the grapes to retain their acidity. The white wines are fragrant and display pure fruit characteristics such as apple, pear and citrus. The Pinot Noir can be either light or more structured, depending on the location of the vineyard and winemaking techniques.
Closure: Screw Cap
Wine Body: Medium Bodied
Wine Sweetness: Dry
Non Alcoholic: No
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