The 2012 growing season is arguably the best Cabernet growing season seen in over ten years. Mid autumn ripening, lots of time for tannin development, beautiful aromas and flavours at moderate alcohols. Fruit was hand picked in the cool of the morning. Fruit is sourced from the six estate vineyards planted in 1987, 1988, 1991 and 1994.
- VIC - Yarra Valley
A cabernet with a magnificent 20 year life before it, on the streets this week for just $20, this has to be one of the bargains of the year. It seems De Bortoli’s once famous cabernets have been eclipsed by its pinots, shirazes and chardonnays for some years. No longer. Chief Winemaker Steve Webber names cabernet as the variety of the vintage in his Dixon’s Creek estate vineyards in 2012, and on the evidence, I’m a believer. From the outset, this is one of the greats in the De Bortoli cabernet lineage, an amazing colour, deep black with a very narrow, vibrant purple rim. It’s a wine of remarkable energy and focus, channelling understated violets, crunchy blackcurrants, pristine cassis, even graphite and high cocoa dark chocolate. It’s very young, lively and energetic, with tangy acid drive and finely structured tannins of consummate refinement, low alcohol yet impeccably ripe. Rating 95 - Drink 2022 - 2032, Tyson Stelzer.com
"When Yarra Valley cabernet is good, it’s very good. Aromatically this wine is exquisite. Pure blackcurrant cabernet fruit. It needs time for the mid palate to flesh out but this has length and perfume and tannin and texture. It’s a claret style. Olive and chocolate. This is what Yarra cabernet is all about. Lots of potential in the cellar here" 93+ Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, November 2013
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep red with blue purple edge.
Gently leafy, bright fruit, violets, black currant and cedar wood.
Sweet dark and red fruits, layered tannins, savoury, gently concentrated, lengthy leafy flavours, balanced acidity.
Try with dry aged Sirloin or a generous portion of Comte.
Drink now or over the next 10 - 15 years from a good cellar