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Dawson & James appoints Liberty Wines as sole UK agent

DBR Staff Writer Published 06 February 2013

Dawson & James Wines, a South Australia-based collaboration between winemakers Peter Dawson and Tim James, has selected Liberty Wines as the sole distributor of its wines in the UK and Ireland.

The winemakers will roll out their 2010 vintage of Dawson & James Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in March 2013.

Both the wines are made from grapes planted on the Meadowbank Vineyard in 1989.

For chardonnay, the grapes were crushed and added with selected yeast species and then fermented in both new and old French oak barriques, resulting in a blend with complex characters of primary grapefruit and lemon with moreish mouthfeel and lemony natural acidity.

For pinot noir, the grapes were hand-picked and crushed in small open fermenter, before adding natural yeasts. After the fermentation, the wine was removed and the remaining skins were again subjected to secondary fermentation. Finally, the wine was aged in 30% new and remaining in 1-3yo oak barriques, resulting in a blend with aromas and flavors of wild strawberries, and creamy texture.

The chardonnay will be priced at £46.99 and the pinot noir will be priced at £54.99.

Liberty Wines managing director David Gleave MW was quoted by Harpers as saying that they always wanted to add the Tasmania wines to its Australian portfolio that covers most of the country's wine growing areas.

"With Dawson & James, I think we are beginning to see the great potential that Tasmania has for producing wines that combine superb fruit intensity and a brilliant balancing acidity," Gleave added.