Dawson James 2013 Pinot Noir


The third release of our Pinot Noir having lost the 2012 vintage due to the effects of bushfires. It remains a single vineyard wine from the Meadowbank vineyard in the Derwent Valley in Southern Tasmania.

The 2013 growing season was characterised by above average temperatures and below average rainfall. However, in keeping with previous vintages the grapes were hand picked in the third week of April.

Pinot Noir was grown with one bunch per shoot to ensure optimal maturity. The berries developed intense fruit flavours and sweet tannins whilst retaining a fine line of acidity.

After hand picking, a combination of whole bunches and destemmed berries were transferred to small open fermenters and were cold macerated before the onset of natural fermentation. Temperatures reached quite elevated levels before tailing off prior to the end of fermentation and basket pressing.

After pressing the wine was briefly settled and then transferred to Burgundian coopered French oak barriques for malolactic fermentation and maturation. With the benefit of good structure the wine supported maturation of 14 months in barrels of which 40% were new.

The wine displays vivid colour and an aroma of exotic spices, forest floor, strawberries and black cherries. The palate is rich and spicy with balanced stalkyness and oak providing complexity and structure. Fine acidity confers length and a creamy succulent finish.

James Halliday 2016 Wine Companion; 97 Points
Best of Best List

Huon Hooke;
95  Points, 5 Star Rating
Ranked # 2 out of 74 Tasmanian 2013 Pinot Noirs


2015 Tasmanian Wine Show Results; GOLD Medal – Class 17

2015 Winewise Small Winemakers Championship; GOLD  - 5 Star Rating


97 Points – James Halliday, 2016 Wine Companion
Sourced from the Meadowbank Vineyard in the Derwent Valley. Good colour is a promising start, the wine rapidly building on that with its utterly seductive and delicious red cherry and strawberry fruit that caresses the mouth; the end result is exceptional purity oak and tannins present, but largely unseen.

95  Points – HuonHooke.com
Deepish colour of good hue and a rich black fruit and vanilla aroma,chocolate too. The palate is smooth and savoury. There’s liberal use of smoky oak, but it’s a lovely generous wine with lots of lush fruit richness and depth. A fine wine.

Winewise – Lester Jesberg
This is a single site wine from Meadowbank in the Derwent Valley of Tasmania. It’s a powerful pinot with a faintly gamey whole bunch overtone. The palate is deliciously opulent, but both skin tannin and oak provide just-right structure

2013 Pinot Noir