Strikingly clear colour. There is a purity to the wine, evident right from the bouquet through the palate and on to the aftertaste; flavour, texture and structure are indivisible, but insistent. Small wonder it won a gold medal at the Yarra Valley Wine Show ’16. 95 points, drink to 2030
Strikingly clear colour. Is a prime example of the reasons why Dominique Portet set his sights on the Yarra Valley, and this particular part of the Yarra Valley, almost 20 years ago. There is a purity to the wine, evident right from the bouquet through the palate and on to the aftertaste; flavour, texture and structure are indivisible, but insistent. Small wonder it won a gold medal at the Yarra Valley Wine Show '16. 95 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion.
Perfumed, mainly red fruited, some tobacco and more earthy tones. Medium bodied, juicy and approachable, but with a good clip of fleshy tannin to clean up the palate. Vibrant and great to drink. 91 points, Gary Walsh, WineFront.
Yarra ValleyThe Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.