DCB Wines Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula
This wine came about by chance as Chirs was looking for Yarra Pinot and was offered a parcel from Mornington. Chris says it might be ‘the proximity to the ocean’ that means the tannins develop well and give structure to the wine without being sappy.
The 2018 is the first and, as yet, only vintage from DCB with none made in 2019 vintage during to the low yields in the region. Given the success of his first Mornington run, expect this wine to return.
'Medium red colour with brick and purple tints. The elusive bouquet is savoury and earthy, with traces of leather and dried herbs, with a little smoked charcuterie. The wine is sweet-fruited with suggestions of brandied cherries, and the succulent fruit is followed rapidly by a swell of slightly tough tannins underlined by some alcohol heat. Solid structure, long palate. An ambitious wine, which has a future.'
92 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review, May 2018.
The Mornington Peninsula is located approximately one hour south of Melbourne. A cool maritime climate,the region is virtually frost free, but is susceptible to high winds. Rainfall is moderate, throughout winter and the growing season. Most of the vineyards are located between just above sea level and 200 metres. Soils range from weathered volcanic soils to sandy loams and friable well-drained clays. Mornington Peninsula is best known for making elegant cool climate Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and sublime Pinot Noir.