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Tuesday 2 November 2021

Exploring the terroirs of Tasmania with the good doctor

Innovative winemaker Peter Dredge - aka Dr Edge or Dr Ongo - is back with another of his awesome terroir projects. 

Dredge, formerly of Petaluma and Bay of Fires, selects parcels of fruit from leading vineyards in different regions of Tasmania (or Oregon) to explore differences, and similarities, with the various terroirs. 

His new releases are four Tasmanian rieslings from the 2020 vintage. 

He says this is the last of the North, East, South comparison projects for a while - not surprising as he's building his own winery at Cambridge, near Hobart Airport, and has recently been sidelined by a pair of back operations. 

All the wines spent nine months on lees in old oak (a couple with whole fruit bunches) then nine months in bottle to to reduce that frenetic Tasmanian acid in young whites. 

“They were super sharp from the cool 2020 vintage but are good to go for this summer, Dredge says. 

All the wines are naturally fermented and are unfined.

Here is the rundown:
Dr Edge 2020 Riesling 'South' - Derwent Valley - single vineyard - Meadowbank
Dr Edge 2020 Riesling 'East' - East Coast - single vineyard - Freycinet Vineyard
Dr Edge 2020 Riesling 'North' - Tamar Valley - single vineyard  - Confidential 
Dr Edge 2020 Riesling 'Tasmania' - a blend of the three vineyards 

For rme, the lean, high acid South was a clear winner, but that is my personal style preference.

All three regional wines shone, with the blend interesting but lacking the "presence" of the regional trio. 

Dredge says all are taut and refined - and all have serious palate interest, perhaps above varietal character. 

All are 11.5% alcohol by volume, and will retail for around $50. Or order direct for $150 for a quartet at but be quick as supplies are very limited.

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