Dawson James 2015 Pinot Noir


The fifth release of our single vineyard Pinot Noir from the Meadowbank vineyard in the upper Derwent Valley in Southern Tasmania. Grapes came from MV6 and Pommard clone vines planted in 1989.

The vineyard received good spring and early summer rainfall which resulted in excellent vine health however inclement weather around fruit set reduced crop levels. Temperatures during ripening were slightly above average but there was an absence of heat spikes which allowed even ripening.

The lower crop levels produced intensely flavoured grapes which ripened slightly ahead of normal with hand picking taking place on 2nd April.

Forty percent of whole bunches were placed in the bottom of open fermenters with the remaining fruit destemmed and crushed on top. After four days of cold soaking natural fermentation kicked off and proceeded to dryness within 10 days after which the fermented must was basket pressed.

“A sumptuous and svelte pinot noir, reminiscent of Chambolle-Musigny.”
- James Halliday AM

After pressing the wine was briefly settled and transferred to Taransaud French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and maturation over 10 months. Forty percent of the barrels were new and included some T5 barriques made from five year seasoned Troncais oak. During maturation the wine took on a brilliant hue and developed a rich velvety texture.

The wine evokes a complex aroma of wild strawberries, forest floor, and the funk of natural fermentation. The palate is richly flavoured and supported by layers of soft tannins. Naturally balanced acidity and a modest alcohol level of 12.9% are a testament to a great vintage and perfectly ripened grapes.

James Halliday 2018 Wine Companion; 98 Points
Best of Best List

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


2018 Tasmanian Wine Show; GOLD medal – Class 20

2018 Hobart Wine Show; TOP GOLD medal – Class 29

2018 Six Nations Wine Challenge; Judges Choice


98 Points - James Halliday 2018 Wine Companion;
Top 7 in Best of the Best Australian Pinot Noir
“A sumptuous and svelte pinot noir, reminiscent of Chambolle-Musigny. A lustrous ruby hue parlays with wood smoke, bonbons and a hint of undergrowth. Layers of flavour play out across an expansive palate, finishing with a lick of briar."

95  Points - Huon Hooke, The Real Review, 16 January 2018;
“Big colour with a slightly meaty, funky bouquet, which has hints of whole bunch. Rich intense black cherry and forestry bouquet. It’s complex, detailed, lushly- fruited and decadent. Excellent."