De Bortoli Single Vineyard Section A8 sits at the apex of the heritage family winery’s Yarra Valley portfolio. Made with fruit first planted in 1971, it is a singular expression that is deeply aromatic and indicative of the premium Syrah which goes into it.
Meticulous winemaking processes are adhered to by De Bortoli when craftin their single vineyard range, Grapes in this wine are hand harvested and sorted, with a combination of whole bunch and berry. Richly perfumed on the nose and redolent with spice and dark berry, this Syrah tastes like red forest fruits and bright cherry on the palate.
Open-fermented with 25% whole bunches, matured for 10 months in French oak. The vines are some of the oldest in the Yarra Valley (planted '71); the wine has the particular structure that comes from the grapes such vines produce. While elegant, the wine has intensity and drive, its tannin backbone part fruit, part oak-derived, the whole bunch component there from start to finish. A dazzler from a dazzling vintage.
96 points, Wine Companion (March 2018)
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.