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Dexter Wines Pinot Noir

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From the talented hand of Tod Dexter - whom was instrumental in making Stonier such a highly regarded Mornington Peninsula name - this is a very classically styled (and classically awesome) Mornington Pinot in a plain stylish package. It's the sort of Pinot that Cracka staff drink when their not furiously typing out tasting notes.

Winemaker's Notes

Nose: Aromas of black berries, plums and spices with underlying nuances of earth and subtle oak.

Palate: The wine is similar to the 2010 and 2012 with a little more fruit sweetness and fine tannin. The complex flavours are of cherries, plums, spices and hints of oak. It has a soft entry with mid palate fruit sweetness and lovely texture. The finish is long with balanced acid and fine tannins.

Alcohol: 13.4%

Winemaking: 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 and in some batches the fruit received no inoculation at all. 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 barriques (21% New, 26% second use and the remainder third and fourth use) where MLF occurred before winter. The wine was racked once in the spring and put back to the same barrels for further ageing. It was racked again in early February for bottling in mid-February 2014, 10 months after harvest.

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Dexter Wines Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
This is a delicate reserved style with a subtle fresh and cooked strawberry aromas and a dash of savoury stemmy elements within the nose. The palate is delicate with fresh acidity and a subtle line of red and strawberry fruit and medium length with a youthful tannin firmness.
2016
Rob Geddes MW
86
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Brilliantly clear crimson-purple; the fragrant bouquet of small red berries leads into a refreshing and lively palate, the fruit flavours following the same path, with some fine savoury tannins to provide texture.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Mornington regional sweet fruit in a lighter more delicate cherry and spice fashion showing red cherry flavours and the regions pretty personality with a round silky smooth palate. Elegant poised food friendly long wine in 2010 with classic pinot sweetness of fruit.
Rob Geddes MW
88
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright and clear colour; a fragrant red fruit bouquet, then a fresh and lively light-bodied palate, the red fruits surging through to a lingering finish with fine tannins. A restrained winemaking hand at work.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Classic Mornington regional sweet fruit showing cherry aromas and the regions pretty personalty with a very round silky smooth palate.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Excellent hue and clarity; a fragrant bouquet and elegant palate; quality pinot, but a little less oak might have produced an even better outcome.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Classic Mornington regional sweet fruit showing cherry aromas and the regions pretty personalty with a very round silky smooth palate.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
89
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Tod Dexter came to prominence as the head winemaker at Stonier, though in more recent times he has made wine at Yabby Lake. He has been growing pinot noir for himself since 1987 but has started making wine under his own name only in the past couple of years. Stand-out pinot noir. Full of silky complexity, all sap and spice and undergrowth, sour cherries and sweet strawberries. It works a treat, and it has the structure to age - this is a wine of beauty. Congrats to Mr Dexter.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
95
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Light-bodied; savoury, spicy, brambly, stemmy notes surround the red fruits; a distinctive style, but an uncertain future.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
89
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Classic Mornington regional sweet fruit showing cherry aromas and the regions pretty personalty with a very round silky smooth palate.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
86

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