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)