Peter Edge is a character with an impressive career behind him. He was a winemaker at Petaluma before crossing the Bass Strait to work for Bay of Fires, later helped reinvent the Meadowbank brand. Dr Edge is Peter Dredge’s breakout project where he has made a name for himself a gun winemaker of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The North Chardonnay comes from a single vineyard in the north of Tasmania. The climate is warmer but only by Tasmanian standards. This produces a bigger, bolder and more forceful wine but only in the context of its skeletal South sibling. The North moves into stonefruit and pith characters with Peter Dredge showing his workings with some autolytic notes.
Maybe the prettiest of the trio, with a floral/vanilla top note, flesh and fine powder texture, almond and white fruit, but with lemony crunch, pure acidity, something of a tart green apple flavour, and a long finish, blackboard chalk dust cleaning up as it goes. It’s outstanding, and just over the line for a whopping, throbbing, 96 points.
96 points, The Wine Front (April 2020)
Fruit off Peter Dredge's vineyard in the Tamar Valley, and made in line with the other single site chardonnays. It's the most complete of the three. Subtle aromas with a mix of florals, oyster shell and citrus with some sulphide flint. It has laser definition, tight and linear, but not mean or too lean with lemon saline and mouthwatering freshness.
95 points, Wine Companion (January 2020)
Bright, light colour. Very restrained, quiet bouquet with a trace of almond, also malt. There's intense, deliciously mouth-watering fruit and acidity combining in the mouth, lemony and slightly grapefruity. It's tight and subtle. Very good. It will fill out more in the middle if left for a few more months.
92 points, The Real Review (July 2020)