When Peter Dredge joined the ranks at Meadowbank at the end of 2015, its safe to say expectations were high. One of the best loved vineyards in Tasmania, in the hands of a pretty exceptional winemaker, these wines were highly anticipated throughout the wine-industry Australia wide... and we were not disappointed.
The Nouveau Syrah Pinot is a new release for the brand, it is a juicy blend of 55% Syrah and 45% Pinot Noir. Nouveau is a reference to the winemaking techniques used to make Beaujolais Nouveau, also employed here to delicious results. The two varieties were vinified in the same manner but separately, undergoing carbonic maceration followed by destemming and maturation in old french oak for 4 months before they were finally blended and bottled in their all natural, unfined/unfiltered state.
The finished product is a delicate combo of Syrah's pepper and blackberry and Pinot Noir's lifted perfume. I try to avoid the word smashable, but I can't think of a more accurate one here, this tasty little number just disappears from your glass.
Peter Dredge's Syrah-Pinot may not have happened were it not for Tasmania's devastating 2019 bushfires. With no single-varietal Pinot slated for release, Meadowbank have let us down easy here with a lip-smacking, juicy blend of 45% Pinot Noir and 55% Syrah. The two, given the Nouveau treatment, make happy bedfellows. Fruit is drawn from Estate-grown vines planted in both 1987 and 2015; each variety was fermented, separately, in the same fashion: 50% carbonic maceration for seven days, followed by destemming and an additional two days on skins and 50% whole-berry, natural ferment for 10 days on skins. Maturation took place in old French oak casks for four months before the total was racked, blended and bottled--unfined, unfiltered and with minimal sulphur. Dive right in...
Meadowbank was first planted in 1974 prior to the purchase of the estate by Gerald and Sue Ellis in 1976. The initial plantings were small, but the business was enthusiastically grown by Gerald into the premium offering that is seen today. Partnering with friend and winemaker Peter Dredge, the next chapter is now being written. ‘Meadowbank’ is the purest realisation of what our vineyard and Tasmania can offer. Located in the verdant Coal River Valley, north of Hobart in Tasmania, Meadowbank has two estate vineyards spanning over 50 hectares. The primary vineyard sites are at Cambridge and Glenora. Modern winemaking influence is obvious in these well packaged, cleanly made wines. Reflecting their cool climate origins, the winemaking team pick at physiological ripeness to elicit the most natural expression of their fruit.