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.
2017 Review: Fruit from estate vineyards, 15% whole bunch, 9 months in oak, 30% new. Plenty of 'pinot' packed into this offering. Crystal clear varietal expression moves from fragrant cherry through sweet spice to sappy, slightly stemmy whole bunch character, with the texture and palate weight pitch perfect. Lively tannin sustains the finish with length and freshness. Drink to: 2027; Price: $30.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2018; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 94 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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