Dexter Chardonnay 2011 (6 x 750mL), Mornington Peninsula, VIC.

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Overview

Hand-picked fruit was gently whole-bunch pressed into a tank and settled overnight. It was then transferred into French oak barriques (23% New, 77% second, third and fourth use) and inoculated with a neutral yeast. From May until late winter the barrels were stirred every two weeks until MLF was completed. For this vintage 25% was prevented from going through MLF to retain acid. The wine was left on yeast lees until December when it was transferred to tank for a further month on lees. The wine was bottled in February 2012, 10 months after harvest.

Region:
VIC - Mornington Peninsula
State:
Victoria
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

Bright, light straw-green; a very distinguished wine, with great precision length and drive to its pristine varietal fruit, hovering between stone fruit and citrus; the oak has been skilfully handled, supporting but never intruding, the long finish perfectly balanced. 700 dozen made. Rating 96 - James Halliday's Wow Factor Whites (JUN/2013)

There’s a coolness and reserve in this wine, but built into the textural profile is flint and funky lees work for interest. It’s seriously good to taste, opens after time and though slender and shy, is expressive in its quiet way. Excellent work from Tod Dexter. Rating 95 - Mike Bennie, WBM, (JUN/2013)

Winery Tasting Notes

Aroma

Aromas of lemon, white peach, nectarine and floral notes combine with subtle oak.

Palate

Similar to previous vintages in its elegance and fineness after a cool and wet 2011 vintage. Subtle flavours reflective of the aromas – particularly lemon, nectarine and elegant oak. The wine has a soft middle palate with good length and a nice acid balance. More elegant and refined than the 2010 vintage but with a similar flavour profile.

Vintage
2011
Region
VIC - Mornington Peninsula
Grape Style
Chardonnay
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
12.5%

Winery Profile

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Tod Dexter grew up with wine. Along with his parents' considerable interest in wine he had a childhood friendship with the Crittendon family, one of Melbourne's premium wine merchants who further introduced him to the world of wine. It was then no surprise that in 1974 after a skiing trip in the US, Tod ended up in the Napa Valley where he spent a seven-year apprenticeship with one of California's premium family wineries, Cakebread Cellars.

Tod moved home to Australia in January 1987, and after an extensive search he and his wife Debbie bought a vineyard site at Merricks North on the Mornington Peninsula. Later that year they planted their first 1.6 hectares of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Tod then joined forces with Brian Stonier at Stonier Wines where, over the next ten years, he grew the company to become one of Australia's premium producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. During this decade the wines Tod created received many accolades both at home and internationally.

During a formative trip to France in 2000 when they visited the most famous Pinot producers in the world, Tod gained a new respect for the concept of terroir and the responsibility to future generations in caring for the land. He also had reinforced to him the importance of attention to detail in both the vineyard and winery. This trip was what encouraged Tod and Debbie to take the next step and produce their own wine. Thus Dexter Wines was born.

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