If you don’t know Dexter wines, then it is time to get acquainted. The wines come from a single vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula, part of which was first planted in 1987, and are made by Tod Dexter, one of the first winemakers in the area. With only 7 hectares planted of chardonnay and pinot noir combined, there is not much to go around so you might have to do a little work to track this wine down, but it will be worth it.
It’s a full-flavoured style of pinot noir thanks to the warm 2019 vintage but at the same time it also carries with it significant complexity. The aromatics are generous and even – raspberry and dark cherry fruits with tilled earth are supported by plenty of well balanced oak. It is then dry and fleshy with reserved acidity for pinot noir which gives a beautifully silky texture. Fruit again is in the earthy/ red berry spectrum but also with an attractive sappy edge and tannic bite that give good palate definition. There is also superb balance and length which also marks this as a very smart and serious Mornington Pinot. Enjoy with mushroom risotto.
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