Dexter Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay
In the vineyard, a combination of P58, I10V1, I10V5, Bernard 76 and Bernard 277 clones were planted to portray the site through multiple lenses. Careful canopy management allows just the right amount of sunlight into the bunch zone, as well as ensuring good airflow.
Handpicked fruit is gently whole bunch pressed into a tank and settled overnight. The juice is then transferred into French oak puncheons (a combination of new, second third and fourth use) and inoculated with a neutral yeast. Fermentation is relatively vigorous and complete within two weeks. Depending on the season, some puncheons are stirred and allowed to complete malolactic fermentation, whilst others are prevented from completing malolactic fermentation in order to retain fresh fruit aromas and flavours. The wine is left on lees until bottling about 10 months after harvest. More detailed tasting notes for each vintage, including wine analysis, can be downloaded below.
Dexter Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir
In the vineyard, a combination of MV6, 777, D5V12 and Pommard clones provide an intricate depiction of the site. Throughout the season, careful vineyard management guides the vines into a harmonious balance where optimal flavour development occurs at appropriate sugar levels. Achieving this allows the production of world glass wines.
Upon arrival at the winery, hand-picked fruit is destemmed without crushing and elevated into small open fermenters. Fruit remains un-inoculated for 2-3 days and when fermentation is observed, a cultured yeast is added. Depending on the season, a percentage of fruit may be left as whole bunches and fermented separately to the destemmed fruit and blended back into the finished wine. During fermentation, must temperatures peak at around 32°C and the cap is plunged or pumped-over up to 2 times per day. 2-3 days after fermentation is complete, the must is gently pressed and transferred into French Oak barriques and puncheons (typically around 20% new, 10% second use and the remainder older) where MLF occurs before winter. The wine is racked just prior to bottling in January, approximately 10 months after harvest. More detailed tasting notes for each vintage, including wine analysis, can be downloaded below.
Dexter Mornington Peninsula Black Label Pinot Noir
This wine is only ever made in the occurrence of an exceptional growing season. Overall moderate temperatures that lead to even ripening, and the absence of extreme weather events, typify these seasons. A portion of the oldest part of the Dexter vineyard (clone MV6), which is consistently of the highest quality in the vineyard, provides the fruit for this wine. Taking inspiration from some of the best pinot noir producers in Burgundy, a different winemaking technique (whole-bunch fermentation) is employed in the winery. The result is a wine that still displays the fundamental characteristics of the Dexter site, whilst adding extra layers of spice, forest floor, tannin and overall complexity. So far, only two vintages (2015 and 2018) have proven adequate to make this wine. Production will always be limited (2-4 barrels) so as to not take away from the traditional Dexter pinot.
The goal of this wine is to maintain the personality of the Dexter vineyard whilst showcasing a different style of winemaking. What is clear when looking at the Dexter Black and White label pinots side by side is that great wine is made in the vineyard, irrespective of winemaking technique. More detailed tasting notes for each vintage, including wine analysis, can be downloaded below.