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De Bortoli Riorret The Abbey Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

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De Bortoli Riorret The Abbey Vineyard Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
The Riorret (‘terroir’ backwards) pinots of Steven Webber push the envelope, and don’t always succeed. This does. Light, clear, bright red; has the red berry and spice characters of its less expensive sibling (Estate Pinot Noir), except that the volume of fruit is immeasurably greater, the flavours correspondingly more intense and long; cherry and plum have a dusting of savoury spices, but no more. Has stupendous length.
Halliday's Top 100 Aussie Wines 2011 2011
97
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
A pretty, lighter bodied take on Yarra pinot, with an air of spice, cherry kernel and anise over a core of red cherry fruits. The finish is long, vibrant, bright and accented with finely textured tannins.
Wine100 2011
94
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
The first single vineyard release from this 80's planted Yarra block is an age-worthy style with well-defined black cherry/berry/plum and liquorice fruit, integrated oak contributes to a finely structured tannins and honed, structured, savoury finish.
WBM Wine 100, 2010
94
Matt Skinner (2008 Vintage) says
The second of Steve Webber's Riorret wines hails from the cool of Victoria's Yarra Valley where richers clay-based soils and more sunshine hours have provided a bright, fleshy and extremely seductive wine. With all wines in this series handled the same way in the winery, smells here include plenty of pure black cherries, plums, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and cedar, while the palate is richly fruited, mineral textured and nicely punctuated by bright acid and a wash of firm, chalky tannins. Drink it with pot-roasted chicken and morels.
2011 Wine Guide
Campbell Mattinson (2008 Vintage) says
"First up, it was chalky and dry and beautifully well structured - I fell in love with it instantly. Then, given an hour in a decanter, oak pushed more and more forward - or the fruit quickly receded - so that it seemed acidic and unbalanced and over-oaked. I put it aside and re-tasted it a couple of times over the following two days, and the fruit came back and all was well again. The moving target of wine. In the end I thought it was beautiful: sour, savoury, spicy and flushed with musk and liqueur cherry and twigs through the finish. Sophisticated."

 

winefront.com.au, July 2010
93

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