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.
The site where fruit is sourced is in a slightly warmer part of the Peninsula, well suited to cooler seasons such as 2020. This wine shows denser, darker fruits than that of its Yarra counterpart. On the nose there is stewed plums, cherries, roasted beetroot and spice all contributing to the aromatic complexity. The palate again shows an array of blue fruits, licorice and well integrated oak flavours giving a hint of sweetness. The acid/tannin combination gives this wine exceptional crunch and energy through the mid palate.
Blood plum, cherry, cut fennel, a little spice and subtle creamy oak. It has a gently earthy character, a little flesh on its bones, though kind of discreet for a Mornington Pinot Noir, fine powdery tannin, clean acidity, and a finish of excellent length. Not as ‘detailed’ and fine as the Yarra DML, but very good all the same. Classy. Tasted: Jun 2022; Alcohol: 13.2%; Price: $60; Closure: Diam; Drink: 2022-2028+; Rated: 94 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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