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.

This wine is a perfect case in point. It's fresh and fragrant, it's juicy with fruit, it has reasonable depth and length. It has shape, and a finesse to the tannin structure, the latter of which we rarely saw from, say, the 2016 vintage. So these are all positives in favour. We have a good wine on our hands. What I don't see though is any extra spark. It's a very good wine, and deserving of the asking price. The 'shape' of this wine is really quite fantastic. I think that covers it. Alcohol : 13.5%; Price : $30; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2019 - 2024+; Rating: 92 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

 

(10941)

SKU 10941
Brand De Bortoli
Shipping Weight 1.3333kg
Unit Of Measure ea

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