D’Anna Middleton Lewis (DML VIN) is a partnership between the D’Anna family, Sam Middleton from Mount Mary and Jordan Lewis. It focuses on single site regional Pinot Noir with the first vintage being released in June 2019.
Through their love of wine, a friendship between the D’Anna boys and Jordan Lewis evolved from not only drinking great bottles of wine, but also exploring the possibility of working together with select parcels of single vineyard fruit from selected growers and establishing a project that highlighted these regional differences. During this time, a joint friendship with Sam Middleton, evolved and Sam was included in the project. In late 2017, the opportunity came up to buy a parcel of grapes from a highly respected grower whose vineyard had a track record for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and with that DML VIN was born.
MV6, hand-picked and sorted, whole berry-open fermented, matured for 10 months in French oak (25% new). The colour isn't as bright as its Mornington Peninsula sibling, but the bouquet is carried on an exotic array of spices and forest berries. The palate is typical Yarra Valley, with drive coming from red fruits and superfine, savoury tannins. Drink to: 2031; Price: $60.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2020; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
It’s very pretty and refined. All fresh raspberry and red cherry, floral perfume and a dusting of spice, kind of juicy, but nicely composed, expanding and filling the mouth with flavour and gentle emery tannin, fresh and long through the finish. Wholesome feeling, classic styling, and just lovely to drink. Tasted: May 2020; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $60; Closure: Diam; Drink: 2020-2027+; Rated: 95 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
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