Yarra Valley Estate Grown wines are sourced from the De Bortoli family vineyards at Dixon’s Creek in the cool-climate Yarra Valley. The mature, low yielding vines deliver exceptional quality fruit to the winery. This is preserved during winemaking with gentle, low intervention techniques to produce wine with varietal detail and purity. The idea is to create wine with a ‘sense of place’.
Transparent notes of white flowers, hazelnut and minerals with very fine citrus aromatic.
- VIC - Yarra Valley
"Winemaker Stephen Webber is an enthusiastic supporter of the quality of the '11 vintage for chardonnay, and many totally agree. This wine reflects the minimalist approach, with no new oak, but significant texture and complexity from the barrel fermentation and maturation."
Rating 94 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013, (JUL/2012)
On one side, the mafia declare the modern trend in Yarra Valley chardonnay to be too lean and mean. On the other, De Bortoli winemaker Steve Webber celebrates the cool, classic 2011 vintage as defining the best chardonnays De Bortoli has ever made. Who to believe? The wine, of course. True to the season, this is a zesty, cool and restrained aperitif style of refreshing purity. A taut and honed palate rides on a cool season backbone of tense acidity. Grapefruit zest, fresh lemons, lemon blossom perfume and a hint of charcuterie lees complexity carry with outstanding persistence. Chablis, eat you heart out. Rating 94 - Drink: 2012-2021 Tyson Stelzer, Tysonstelzer.com
"Brought flowers, along with a nervy, assertive personality; needs time to warm up to you."
Joe Roberts, Wine Dude,(JUN/2012)
"De Bortoli’s 2011 Estate Grown Chardonnay presents subtle notes of peaches and cream, frangipani and spiced apple slices with a hint of cashews. Light-bodied with just enough clean, creamy stone fruit flavors, it has a good backbone of crisp acid and a medium-long finish."
Rating 86 - Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate #201,(JUN/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
Light straw with a green edge.
Transparent notes of white flowers, hazelnut and minerals with very fine citrus aromatics.
Gentle textured palate, slightly savoury, good drying phenolics, hints of nuts, nervy, good drive and length.
The wine will continue to develop complexity and interest with good cellaring for up to 5-8 years.
Grilled spatchcock with couscous.