This Mornington Pinot Noir is the debut bottling from Jordan Lewis, Sam Middleton of Mount Mary, and the D’Anna brothers of Hoddles Creek under their DML label. Made from a single site, the grapes for this wine were sourced from a grower renowned for outstanding Pinot Noir. This parcel was an opportunity too good to be missed, so the DML team grabbed it with both hands. Juicy with red fruit, this is very subtly oaked. Shining with pretty fruit, the finish is long. Only 200 dozen of this Pinot were made – good things, they say, come in small packages.
DML (D’Anna Middleton Lewis) VIN is a passion project making expressive single-vineyard Pinot Noir in Victoria. When AFL player Jordan Lewis visited his very first vineyard while honeymooning in Florence, he fell hook, line and sinker. Once he returned home, he dedicated himself to making up for lost time, and immersed himself in the world of wine. One bottle evaded him: the Langton’s Classified ‘Excellent’ 1er Pinot Noir. To source it, he got in touch with Hoddles’ Franco D’Anna. The two got on like a house on fire. Mount Mary’s Sam Middleton soon completed the trio. Together, the three characters that make up DML seek to create exemplary regional Pinot from exceptional parcels around Victoria.
Fine perfume of thyme and rose petals over juicy cherry fruit, oak discreet, fruit forward. It’s juicy and red fruited, chestnuts, with fine and persistent graphite tannin, kind of soft, yet deceptively firm. The finish is slightly smudged and coffeed, but pretty long and satisfying. So pretty, with just a hint of chest hair.
94 points, The Wine Front (June 2019)
A collaboration between two winemakers and a pinot-loving, AFL footballer. This has a lot going for it with attractively supple, smooth cherries, delivered at a point of vivid ripeness. Strawberries and wild cherries abound, amid succulent and silky tannins. Very plush.
93 points, jamessuckling.com (June 2019)
Perfect colour; the complexity of the bouquet is immediate, with a cupboard full of spices, the impact of the palate even greater than that of the bouquet. The fruit is layered dark cherry with a fine-spun latticework of fruit and oak.
98 points, James Halliday, November 2019. Top 100 Wines of 2019.
The Mornington Peninsula is located approximately one hour south of Melbourne. A cool maritime climate,the region is virtually frost free, but is susceptible to high winds. Rainfall is moderate, throughout winter and the growing season. Most of the vineyards are located between just above sea level and 200 metres. Soils range from weathered volcanic soils to sandy loams and friable well-drained clays. Mornington Peninsula is best known for making elegant cool climate Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and sublime Pinot Noir.