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.
All vineyards are vinified and matured separately. Grapes are hand picked, pressed and allowed to settle overnight. The juice is then racked to older French oak casks (225L, 500L and 5700L) where it undergoes fermentation and maturation. The casks are racked to tank and bottled in late December. Light straw with a green edge. Bright, complex, hints of grapefruit, hazelnut, subtle oak aromas. Fine, minerally, textural, drying phenolics, creamy flavours.
From the morning sun plots at the Dixons Creek property. Similar technique to the other chardonnays in the stable, wild-fermented, lees aged and no new oak. Very much fruit-focused, edging to stone fruit, with superior palate presence and texture to the Villages, a whisker less complexity to A5. Ridiculous value. Drink to: 2025; Price: $22.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2019; Alcohol: 12.7%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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