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De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Grown Pinot Noir

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They're doing good things at De Bortoli's Yarra Valley outpost, with irrepressible tinkerer Steve Webber and team continually pumping out new wines as well as new takes on old wines. Here we see Yarra Pinot in the spicy and fragrant mode. Best served with grilled quail or some other tasty small bird.

96 Points James Halliday
Gold medal and 97/100 - San Francisco International Wine Competition
Gold medal - Mondial des Pinots (Switzerland)
96 Points - James Halliday

Winemaker's Notes

2013 was quite warm but produced aromatic plump Pinot Noir. Good fruit maturity, high natural acidity, abundant flavour and generally a calm harvest.

Appearance: Medium red.

Nose: Bright fruit, perfumed, strawberry and cherry savoury spice.

Palate: Gentle tannins, plump, richly textured, long and fine. A dry to medium bodied wine.?

Food: Duck ragoût with gnocchi or pappardelle.

Cellaring: Will continue to develop complexity and interest for five to ten years in a good cellar.

Alcohol: 13.0%

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De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Grown Pinot Noir

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
A hauntingly entrancing vintage for what must be the most important pace-setting pinot in the country. It’s prettier and more elegant than ever, with a waft of rose petal and a bright red cherry and pink peppercorn palate, structured with firm, silky tannins.
Wine Taste Edition 18: June 10, 2010
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light, bright red; a red berry and spice bouquet introduces an intense and savoury palate suggesting some whole bunch when in fact there is none, simply destemmed whole berries. There is a nod to Burgundy in this wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Clear colour; a fragrant and pure bouquet has distinct Burgundian overtones, the palate showing all the precision that Steve Webber works so hard to achieve, and remarkable for its length.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
This is a gorgeous vintage for one of the great bargains of Australian Pinot. Dead-centre in the tier of five De Bortoli Pinots (if you include PHI), it learns from above and benefits from declassifying fruit below. Think vibrant red fruits, violets, roses, dried sage, forest floor and game, supported by fine, grippy tannins.
Campbell Mattinson (2008 Vintage) says
Pinot Noir of the Year
"De Bortoli has harnessed the wonders of the 2008 Yarra Valley vintage to perfection. We're not fussy with pinot noir - all we're looking for is a wine with personality, X-factor, a sense of place, genuine quality and more-ishness. We like our pinot noir to be easy enough to find on retail shelves (i.e. not too minuscule in production), within financial reach, and satiny and smooth as it rolls along your tongue. We like to feel confident that it will mature well over a few years, but it must drink well from the get-go too. We're not fussy with pinot noir - so long as it has it all. This De Bortoli pinot noir does."
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
2008 was a great year for De Bortoli pinot noir. Then again, almost every year has been in recent times. A beautiful version of Australian pinot noir - light but rich, with no shortage of strength and power, within the context of the variety. There are cherry, raspberry and wildly attractive forest-floor characters. Some vanilla spice from oak and maybe some sap too, for extra complexity. It's easy to get excited about this. There's a lot to this wine, but it had us from the first sip.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Plenty of new wood here, brassy and a little raw on the nose, the fruit has been wrapped in savoury winemaker's clothing for the moment. The palate tells the real story, built with layers of flavour and finely ground tannin, smooth and savoury, it makes a balanced impression from start to finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
It wasn't all that long ago that De Bortoli pinot noir was routinely disappointing. Now it's a leader in its field. No producer signifies the dynamic nature of Australian wine better than De Bortoli Yarra Valley. 2006 RELEASE Plush, ripe, luxurious - if you love pinot noir, you have to get yourself some of this. It tastes of cherries and stalks and ribald, cedary oak, the sheer sheen of it 100 per cent class. Great, ferrous, muscular tannin structure too, the mark of the highest quality pinot noir. This is a boomer, and at a very nifty price (for the quality, and the variety). DRINK 2009-2015.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
"There's no question that this is the best release yet of what is fast becoming one of Australia's most important Pinots. An utterly complex assemblage of dark berries, savoury spice and undergrowth rides on a tannin chassis that is at once assertive and integrated. The finish is epic, as is every nuance of this wine."
WBM 2008
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Purple-red; complex, spicy, black cherry and plum fruit; very good balance and length; obvious development potential.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; fragrant aromas of strawberry and cherry drive the bouquet; the palate has good structure and length, offering silky red fruits, finishing with fine tannins and an airbrush of oak. As ever, great value.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple; fragrant cherry and plum fruit aromas, with a nice touch of sappiness and well-judged oak announce a wine with excellent structure and mouthfeel: lovely cherry and plum fruit on the mid-palate, followed by soft, very fine tannins on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999

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