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The Estate Grown wines from De Bortoli are sourced from their own vineyard at Dixons Creek in the northern section of the Yarra Valley. The grapes are picked from separate sites on the estate, with the first vines planted in 1971. This 200 ha vineyard is nestled into the western slopes facing mainly east and are carefully laid out to match variety and winestyle.

Fruit was hand harvested and sorted. A combination of 80% whole berry and 20% whole bunch is tipped into open fermenters. 18-22 days of maceration and fermentation with wild yeast. Pressed, settled overnight and then filled to barrel by gravity. Allowed to mature for 8 months at 16°C in 225L French casks.

Medium red in colour. Bright red fruits, lovely Pinot aromatics, hints of whole bunches, complex, spice. Gentle tannins, plump, textural, elegant.

All the parts of the puzzle are here but they’re still a little jumbled. The won’t remain so for long. It’s briary, peppery and sappy but it’s also silken, cherry-plummed and sinewy with tannin. I like everything I see; I just want to see/drink it again in another year or more. Tasted: Feb 2016; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $30; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2017-2024; Rating: 92 Points; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front

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