2020 Dr. Edge South Riesling

The great southern Riesling from Dr Edge's trio of Rizza releases from his adopted home in Tasmania. Textural, herbal and fascinating.
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Peter Dredge, maestro of music and mainlining Tassie Riesling, is back with a new trio of wines - Rieslings from the North, South and East of the Apple Isle.

For this beautiful South expression, the Derwent Valley is the source, and like all three Rieslings, it involves whole bunches pressed to old oak casks for nine months.

It has great poise and length, a bit of chalky grip, wild herbs and citrus throughout, and the boisterous acidity is somewhat softened by some residual sugar.

Very limited production, of course.

North, East, South Tasmania Vineyard comparisons are BACK! - in its last iteration, the old classic - Riesling.

Whole clusters are pressed to old oak casks for natural fermentation then left untouched for 9 months. 20% of the casks contained some unpressed whole fruit clusters for the 9 months for added texture.

Exactly like the 2019 North East South Chardonnays in style and production technique but with a little residual sugar. Tasmanian Rieslings are sharp and need the relief. They also need time, hence 9 months on lees and 9 months in bottle before release with almost unlimited ageing potential. Available now and as always, very limited.

Region: Derwent Valley, Tasmania
Blend: Riesling (100%)
ABV: 12.50%
Closure: 750ml
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94 Points - "Lavender, juniper and herb perfume, rock salt, pear and citrus. It's saline, fine dusty powdery texture, almost peppery in feel, a zesty tang, aniseed and lemon, with a very firm and tight finish of excellent length. Intense. Will need a few years, but the character of it, and the stuffing is top notch." - Gay Walsh (The Wine Front)

94 Points - "The bouquet is powerful and suggests ginger, eucalyptus and other assorted spices, surely part but not wholly barrel derived, the palate intense and driving, seamlessly harmonious and long, with elegance and poise. The acidity is quite elevated but not overdone—it cleanses the mouth and refreshes the aftertaste. A big, powerful riesling. Fish here, please." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    A wonderful Riesling

    Such a delicious wine. Fresh minerality and wonderful zestiness!

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Dr. Edge

Peter Dredge is Dr. Edge. He is one of the most intuitive and talented winemakers on the Apple Isle.

With a wealth of experience garnered at wineries such as Bay of Fires, he has revitalised the Meadowbank label and returned it to its place as one of the must-watch vineyards in Tasmania.

Dr. Edge is his passion project where he can take risks and make Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Riesling that truly excites him. His creativity can fly under the Dr. Edge banner and wines that walk a fine line of tension, funk and freshness invariably arise.

Only small batches of wine is produced, all made by hand, and typically they sell out in short order. Playful, pleasurable and remarkably thoughtful, the Dr. Edge creations are riveting things to drink and have rightfully earned cult status among collectors of Tasmania's finest.

Winemaker Peter Dredge - Derwent Valley, TAS Dr. Edge

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