Dawson James 2014 Pinot Noir


The fourth release of our single vineyard wine from the Meadowbank vineyard in the upper Derwent Valley in Southern Tasmania made from MV6 and Pommard clone vines planted in 1989.

The 2014 growing season was preceded by above average winter rainfall and temperatures were average across the season however cold and windy conditions in early summer disrupted flowering resulting in low yields and ‘hen and chicken’ berries within bunches. Following fruit set the season was punctuated by heat spikes and cold spells but Pinot Noir was hand-picked on 17th April which is consistent with normal ripening for the site.

Twenty five percent of whole bunches were placed in open fermenters with the remaining fruit destemmed and crushed on top. A four day cold soak preceded natural fermentation which went to dryness before basket pressing.

“Sometimes a wine just seems to make itself….”

After pressing the wine was transferred to Burgundian coopered French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and maturation over 12 months. The barrels were 40% new and included 500 litre puncheons and some T5 barriques made from five year seasoned Troncais oak.

Sometimes a wine just seems to make itself and that was the case with this wine. Over the course of maturation the wine evolved presenting beautiful colour, perfumed fruit, rich flavours and a wonderful creamy texture.

The wine displays an attractive balance of fruit and savoury elements. Aromas of ripe cherries and floral notes are complimented by bunchy notes and the funk of natural fermentation. Fruit flavours are rich and spicy and are woven together with soft ripe tannins all combining to create a creamy texture balanced by trademark bright acidity.

James Halliday 2017 Wine Companion; 97 Points
Best of Best List

Huon Hooke - The Real Review, January 2018 ;
95  Points


2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Show; GOLD medal – Class Pinot Noir 2014

2016 Six Nations Wine Challenge; DOUBLE GOLD – Class 8



97 Points - James Halliday, 2017 Wine Companion
“Stunning pinot noir. Savoury and fruit-filled at once, its power obvious but so too its sophistication”

95  Points – HuonHooke.com
"Fragrant bunchy aromas, complex, nuanced, rose petals. A delicious wine with a lovely array of flavours and slinky mouthfeel, alive and vital but balanced with acidity”