Much like its ‘big brother’, the Island Belle Pinot Noir offers a savoury wine showing forest floor and gamey, earthy truffle characters abounding in sweet wild cherry. Incredible value for a wine of this quality.
The fruit for the Island Belle is declassified Dawson & James Derwent Valley Pinot Noir. The fruit is sourced from the Meadowbank vineyard a unique site on the upper Derwent River, widely regarded as one of the finest vineyards in Tasmania.
Harvested on March 26. Articulated with high quality French oak and given line and sappy length by a skein of juicy natural acidity, this is a quality pinot. Bing cherry, chinotto and autumnal forest floor scents. Carnal and meaty, with an attractive whiff of smoked baby back ribs. Mid-weighted and sturdy, making for early to mid-term drinking. Not short of structure and stellar value.
Ned Goodwin MW (March 2020)
Island Belle is the second label from Dawson & James
Dawson & James is the realisation of a shared dream between long-time friends Peter Dawson & Tim James. Both are former Hardy’s winemakers who now run successful wine consultancies. The pair has long held the desire to grow and make wine in Tasmania, a dream realised with their first vintage in 2010. Two wines are made under the label; a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir sourced from the Meadowbank vineyard on the upper Derwent River. The site was chosen by the pair for it’s potential to make world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. From their first vintage, both wines have met with great critical acclaim.