Estate Grown wines are sourced from the De Bortoli owned vineyard at Dixons Creek in the northern section of the Yarra Valley. The grapes are picked from separate sites on the estate, with the first vines planted in 1971. This 200 ha vineyard is nestled into the western slopes facing mainly east and are carefully laid out to match variety and winestyle.
- VIC - Yarra Valley
"A compelling biscuit, nougat, nectarine and complex sulfide bouquet. Rich, intense but fine palate, and it’s only 12.7 per cent alcohol. Great value."95 Points Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, December 2014
"Made from four estate blocks, the earliest planted in 1971. Hand-picked, whole-bunch crushed and pressed, then fermented in older French oak casks with gentle lees stirring in late autumn and winter. The result is a refined, fruit-driven, textural chardonnay." Peter Bourne, Gourmet Traveller Wine, December 2014
"Restrained and stylish, this elegant, savoury chardonnay reveals a delicate and distinctly floral bouquet of peach, melon and grapefruit plus nutty, mushroomy and waxy notes backed by creamy, slightly meaty nuances. Underpinned by bacony, butterscotch-like complexity, it’s fine and supple, opening up with some creaminess and flesh in mid-palate and extending towards a long, waxy finish of lingering peach and melon flavours."92 Points- Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2015, December 2014
"An impressive juxtaposition of complexity, character and texture, capturing the volume and intensity of a warmer season while maintaining control, focus, line and length. An earlier drinking vintage for De Bortoli."93 Points - Tyson Stelzer, Wine Business Monthly, December 2014
Straw-green colour. Good mid-palate punch and weight before a leaner, racier, perhaps even slightly bitter – in a generally positive sense – finish. It tastes of pear, grapefruit and various fresh, juicy spices. Elegance is perhaps both its defining characteristic and the one that has me scratching my head slightly; this wine has many ducks in a row but seems to be missing any X factor. Good chance it’s just being shown too young. Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, June 2014
"The wine deserves its $30 recommended price, but the quality of the wine, and its appeal to drinkers, mean the retailers nearly always price it in the low $20s, meaning outstanding value. Winemaker Steve Webber describes 2013 as 'a riper season due to warmth'. That means a generous wine, built on juicy, melon and citrus varietal flavours. It also carries the smoothness and pleasing background flavours introduced by barrel fermentation and maturation. Brisk acidity and elegant structure gives it a lightness on the palate and suggest good cellaring for three or four years." 4 Stars Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times, June 2014
Plenty of white peach, grapefruit and apricot kernel stuffing edging toward more tropical traits. A pretty good line of clean, stony acidity to back it up. Roasted hazelnuts, ginger and warm spice. Has a gentle creamy/buttery aspect in the mouth with a touch of grip on the back-palate.91 Points - Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself, April 2014
Winery Tasting Notes
Light straw with a green edge.??
Quite fine, hints of white flowers and hazelnut, subtle oak influence.??
Minerally, textural, nervy, drying phenolics, brioche, length.
Fried dory or flathead with lemon.
The wine will continue to develop complexity and interest with good cellaring for five to eight years.
Medals & Trophies
Silver Medal - 2015 International Wine Challenge - England
Silver Medal - 2014 Concours Mondial De Bruxelles - Europe
Silver Medal - 2014 Melbourne Wine Show
Silver Medal - 2014 Royal Queensland Wine Show
Silver Medal - 2014 Yarra Valley Wine Show
Bronze Medal - 2014 San Francisco Wine Competition - USA