D’Anna Middleton Lewis (DML VIN) is a partnership between the D’Anna family, Sam Middleton from Mount Mary and Jordan Lewis. It focuses on single site regional Pinot Noir with the first vintage being released in June 2019.
Through their love of wine, a friendship between the D’Anna boys and Jordan Lewis evolved from not only drinking great bottles of wine, but also exploring the possibility of working together with select parcels of single vineyard fruit from selected growers and establishing a project that highlighted these regional differences. During this time, a joint friendship with Sam Middleton, evolved and Sam was included in the project. In late 2017, the opportunity came up to buy a parcel of grapes from a highly respected grower whose vineyard had a track record for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and with that DML VIN was born.
Clones 114, 115, hand-picked and sorted, cold soak, 14 days on skins. Has more altitude and precision than many from the Mornington Peninsula in this difficult vintage. Fragrant red cherry and blood plum, superfine tannins. Complex and balanced. Drink to: 2030; Price: $60.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2020; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
Red cherry, plum, spice, a little samphire and thyme, a slight smokiness too, and dried roses. It’s fine, but offers more grunt and substance than the more delicate Yarra Valley offering, more grain and grip through the tannin, poached strawberry and ripe pomegranate with a bit of crunch on a long finish. It’s lively and regional, and so nicely turned out. Tasted: May 2020; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $60; Closure: Diam; Drink: 2020-2026+; Rated: 95 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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