The De Bortoli wine making mantra is: “it’s harder to do nothing”. The intensity and complexity of the flavors striking, as is the length. The finer mouthfeel of Upper Yarra fruit is obvious. 95/100 – James Halliday Halliday Wine Competition 21 August, 2020.
Located at Woori Hallock in the upper reaches of the Yarra Valley, Australia. Extraordinary north facing De Bortoli family owned vineyard. Planted in 1985, close vine spacing, lots of manual work in the vines, deep red basalt soils. Typically produces fine, aromatic and charming Pinot Noir.
Bright, medium red. Exotic dark fruits, spice and flowers. Sweet grilled meats, ample flavors, tautly structural, good dimension, fine tannins.
Alc/Vol: 13.5%, pH: 3.60, TA: 6.0 g/L
Delicious drinking now but will develop into a wine with even more gravitas and complexity over 4-6 years.
– Reviews –
A youthful, savoury style for serious pinot fans. Cherry, wild raspberry, baked earth, dried meat, spice & autumn leaf aromas are followed by a concentrated and robust palate finishing with a spicy edge and good length.
Winepilot July 2020
Vibrant cherry, forest floor, olive tapenade aromas. A powerful Pinot with good structure, vibrant fruit with great length. 89/100
The Pinot Noir Tasting May 2020
This wine is made by De Bortoli from their extraordinary Lusatia Park Vineyard located at Woori Yallock in the Upper Reaches of the Yarra Valley. From the 2018 Vintage comes a bright Pinot with a subtle perfumed nose of strawberry, cranberry, vanilla bean and stalky spice. Elegant with strawberry and cranberry fruit depth, it shows savory stalk and herb notes, well-judged vanillin oak and a long, silken mouth-feel.’’
Wine Selectors April 2020
Juicy and dark fruited, with lovely blueberry fruit and good richness. The oak is nicely integrated, with good weight on the palate. 90/100
Decanter November 2019