From His Days Making Trophy Winning Pinot Noirs At Bay Of Fires To Meadowbanks Renaissance Where He Has Been A Partner And Winemaker Since 2016, Peter Dredge Has Proven Himself Time And Time Again To Be One Of Australia’s Leading Winemakers. Made From Fruit Planted In 1987, There Are Three Picks For This Wine Including An Early One For Freshness And The Last One Which Is Fermented With 50% Whole Bunches. Only 10% New Oak Is Used And This Wine Is Always Brightly Coloured, Fragrant And With Enough Structure To Ensure It Will Cellar Beautifully Over 5-10 Years.
Vines planted '87, hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed straight to French barriques (15% new), matured for 9 months, the majority without stirring. Very pure, intense and long, balance thanks to the foregoing. The minimalistic approach is interesting.
96 points, Wine Companion (March 2019)
Very attractive, ripe dark cherries and berries with a wealth of flesh in the mouth. Strong build of tannin and a long, plush and assertive drive to the rich, fleshy finish. Layered, powerful and intense.
94 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2019)
Brisk style, red fruits, firm acidity, aniseed and green herbs, oak in background adding a layer of sweet spice. Sour cherry and barely ripe strawberry, lick of powdery tannin, crisp and bright finish, sap and herbs, but with subdued sweetness of cranberry and redcurrant. It’s typical of the vintage, but has a translucency and energy to carry it.
93 points, The Wine Front (August 2019)
Planted in 1974 at Glenora, near the top end of the Derwent River, Gerald and Sue Ellis purchased Meadowbank in 1976 and have, over the years expanded the vineyard to its present 42ha. And while some good wines were made over the years under the label, most of the fruit was contracted to Accolade with some of it going to Bay of Fires where Peter Dredge was establishing a name for himself as one of Australia’s best young winemakers. Dredge left Accolade in 2015 to both consult and begin his own Dr Edge brand and Gerald Ellis wasted no time seeing if Peter would be interested in both becoming a partner and the winemaker at Meadowbank. The rest, as they say, is history and the numerous golds and trophies at wines shows around the country are testament to just how good these wines are now.