De Bortoli The Estate Vineyard Dixons Creek Shiraz, Yarra Valley
The winemakers source the grapes that go into The Estate Vineyard Shiraz from select parcels from the De Bortoli family’s Dixons Creek vineyard. This definitive Yarra Valley Shiraz is made with whole bunches to promote the aromatics and savouriness of the wine to centre stage and support them with smooth tannins.
Hand-picked, wild yeast open-fermented, matured in new and used French oak. Archetypal cool climate, medium-bodied, Shiraz. Its core of red and black cherry fruit has flecks of pepper, liquorice and spice, the tannins smooth and supple, the oak totally integrated. Lovely style. Drink to 2035.
96 points, Wine Companion, September 2017.
Yarra Valley Shiraz grown on mature, estate vineyards, fermented wild with some whole bunches, then matured in (used) 500l oak... It’s an even, well-balanced wine with a good volume of sweet, ripe, berried fruit and plenty going on in and around it. Immaculate is the word I’m looking for. A berry cup of assorted summer and forest berries, twig and pepper characters, licorice, a slippery/velvety aspect to the texture, florals. Pure, polished flavour is the dominant theme, the savoury extras folded neatly within. Cracking.
94 points, Wine Front
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.