Peter Dredge
Derwent Valley

Young Gun of Wine 2017 Top 12
Meadowbank was an established bineyard in Tasmania, supplying fruit a number of prominent brands. Peter has partnered with the vineyard to produce a range of wines under the new Meadowbank label. He’s making sparkling, pet-nats, gamay, Riesling, chardonnay, and is best known for Pinot Noir where he has a wine under his Dr Edge label too.

Meadowbank Tasmania
The first Vines were planted on the property (Glenora – on the top end of the Derwent River) by Gerald Ellis with his wife Sue in 1974 with four major expansions since. Most recently a 10 ha planting of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Gamay last spring. Other varieties on site include the aforementioned plus Riesling, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and a whisker of Syrah.

Meadowbank currently provides fruit to, Kate Hill, Domaine Simha, Glaetzer Dixon, Ministry of Clouds, Brown Brothers, Frogmore Creek, Dawson & James, Stargazer and Accolade. Gerald could sell all of his fruit to Accolade or Brown Brothers a few times over but prefers to support the small players in their pursuits. He enjoys the company and is fascinated to see the variations of his fruit evolve as a result. I share similar enthusiasm toward contract clients of years gone by.

Peter Dredge
My relationship with Meadowbank started back in 2010 when I was overseeing purchase, general viticultural ops during the growing season and mostly winemaking for Bay of Fires.

I moved to Hobart with my partner Ella early 2015 when she was transferred here for her Prosthetics and Orthotics career. I managed to source a small amount of Pinot Noir fruit from Joe Holyman and Meadowbank to start my own label Dr. Edge at Moorilla as a contract client and cellar hand. It was during that 2015 vintage that Gerald Ellis approached me to form a partnership with him, his wife Sue, daughter Mardi and her husband Alex Deane to relaunch Meadowbank.

Gerald is looking to pass on the family farm including his bread and butter which is Meadowbank Wines established 1976 to Mardi and Alex eventually. He’s looking to pass as much onto them as he can on the viticulture stakes. I will do the same on the winemaking front going forward as Mardi and Alex are currently career nurses and fire fighters respectively. He has a few other projects going on up at Meadowbank which you can see on the website. Alex and Mardi, being pretty handy on the pots and pans look to expand on tourism and winery experiences on the property in the future.

I made their wines as a joint partner for the first time this year in 2016. All things going well we will look to restore the small winery on the property that was once active in the 80’s and 90’s in the next few years.