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De Bortoli Villages Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

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'This will set you back on your heels. It’s a steal'

That's how Campbell Mattinson described this Pinot Noir and you know what? He's not wrong!

Crafted by the ever talented Steve Webber and the crew at De Bortoli's Yarra Valley winery, this is such delicious wine that James Halliday called 'great value'.

A big part of the appeal here is the extra year or so of ageing - the winery are now selling the very young 2015 vintage of this wine and have let us (we begged) have some of this more mature 2012 (and charged us more for it).

Vibrant red, bright and a lot of life left in it, it falls into the dry/medium bodied range. Elegant, sweetly perfumed, red currant, cherry, woodland spice. Medium weight, textural, plums, dark fruits, fine gentle tannin. Perfect with some Gnocchi with pork or duck ragu. Will continue to develop complexity and interest for up to five more years if stored in a good cellar.

From an 11/10 year in the Yarra Valley, this is a very fine Pinot exclusive, now at a crazy price.

Winemaker's Notes

2012 were near perfect growing conditions. Good fruit maturity, high natural acidity, abundant flavour at moderate alcohols and generally a relaxed vintage team during the harvest. Vineyard Selection Fruit is selected from the vineyards listed and are predominantly from MV6 clones. The Estate vineyard includes sections B6, C7 and D5 (the only different clone being 777). The Section A Pinot is all from 25 year old vines. Yarrawood showed lots of perfume in 2012 with Lusatia, Emu and Abbey combining aromatics, charm and weight. Winemaking Hand picked, sorted and destemmed to six tonne open fermenters. Natural fermentation with ambient yeast. Approximately 20 days of maceration and fermentation. Pressed and drained to tank and allowed to rest for 24 hours before racking via gravity to French oak casks for ten months.

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De Bortoli Villages Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

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James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Bright, clear crimson; a delicious and 100% accessible pinot, with predominantly red fruits and a slightly savoury twist on the finish that adds a touch of complexity. Great value.
now till 2018
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Campbell Mattinson (2012 Vintage) says
This will set you back on your heels. It’s a steal. Dark and brooding yet highly varietal. Full of its own personality. Deli meats, woodspice, twigs, flush of fruit, immediate appeal and yet it has substance. Plenty of treble but plenty of mid-range and bass. Certain to have various folks frothing at the mouth over the value offered.

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