De Bortoli is a founding member of Australia's First Families of Wine and famous among the cognoscenti for its superb Noble One, which in fact accounts for only a minute part of its total production.
Fruit was hand harvested. A combination of whole berry with 15-25% whole bunch is tipped into both open top and small static fermenters. 12-18 days of maceration and fermentation. Pressed, settled overnight and then filled to French casks by gravity. Vibrant red, bright, touch of purple in appearance. The bouquet is youthful but gently aromatic Pinot Noir, strawberry, plums, spice, smoky oak. The palate is medium weight, textural, red fruits, wood spice, fine tannin, silky finish.
From vineyards in Dixons Creek, Tarrawarra and Woori Yallock, each hand-picked, open-fermented and barrel-matured separately until blending trials. Bright crimson; perfumed bouquet of gently ripe red fruits is matched precisely by the strawberry and red cherry of the palate, oak a largely unseen hand contributing texture not flavour. Terrific value. Drink to: 2030; Price: $22.00; Date Tasted: Sept 2019; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 93 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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