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
96 Points James Halliday, Weekend Australian, November 2014
"Steve Webber foresees that the warm and aromatic 2013 season may ultimately be more highly regarded than 2012 at the pointy end of Yarra Valley pinot. His Estate blend of five mature vineyards is a compelling start. Twenty percent whole bunches in the blend emphasise alluring complexity of violet fragrance, while a core of deep black cherries and blackberries reflects a warmer vintage, yet lacking nothing in poise, finesse and structure. A savoury backbone of firm, fine tannins overlays notes of brambles and beetroot. Tannin grip on the finish is impressive, promising medium-term potential."94 Points - Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly, Wine Business Monthly, September 2014
"A lovely bright, perfumed and immediately appealing pinot from Steve Webber and his team at De Bortoli Yarra Valley, one of the most reliably good producers around. From quite a warm year, this is a fruit-forward style, with plump, ripe fruit and plenty of length. A lively, fruity nose leads on to a medium-bodied palate with oak playing an understated role in adding structure without imparting any woody flavours. This is great for winter sipping in front of the fire, or matching with duck or mushroom dishes." Winsor Dobbin, Sunday Examiner, June 2014
"Southern Victoria’s 2013 pinots seem generally plumper and juicier than the 2012s. De Bortoli shows the vintage character, but that’s in the context of a medium bodied red – meaning you get a plump, fruity mid-palate in a finely textured, subtle sort of way. Reflecting the warm season, the fruit presents more of the ripe cherry than strawberry side of pinot’s spectrum. The fruit is meshed with fine tannins and a pleasing savoury character." Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times, June 2014
"Steve Webber is not wrong on this - it makes for great summer drinking. It's firm and savoury, so you need to be careful when chilling it - keep it below 20 degrees, but not below 10 - but the amount of complex fruit-filled flavour here is excellent. This is all within a light is good context, of course."Campbell Mattinson, Wine Companion Magazine, January 2015
"A fine, gentle, elegant pinot whose toasty bouquet of dark plums, smoked meats and black cherries reveals scents of dried herbs, red flowers, cola and earthy notes. It’s long and supple, with a racy presence of cherry/berry fruit backed by herbal, tomatoey notes and underpinned by fine, dusty tannins. It finishes with a fine acid balance." 91 Points Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2015, December 2014
Winery Tasting Notes
Bright fruit, perfumed, strawberry and cherry savoury spice.
Gentle tannins, plump, richly textured, long and fine.?
Duck ragoût with gnocchi or pappardelle.
Will continue to develop complexity and interest for five to ten years in a good cellar.
Medals & Trophies
Gold Medal - 2015 International Wine Challenge - England
Gold Medal - 2014 Mondial des Pinots (Switzerland)
Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco Wine Competition - USA
Silver Medal - 2014 Decanter Asia Wine Awards
Silver Medal - 2014 National Capital Wine Show (Canberra)
Silver Medal - 2014 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition