Merlot Yarra Valley Victoria
The winemaking at Dominique Portet has one foot planted firmly in tradition and the other in the latest developments. It is ultimately an empathy for the grape and respect for the shared experiences of winemaking pioneers which drive the Portet wineworks, nestled amongst the flourishing vineyards of Victoria. It is from these propitious sites on the benign aspects around the Yarra Valley that Dominique Portet identifies auspicious parcels, so akin to the precious Merlot grapes he husbanded during his childhood amongst the vines of Château Lafite.
Making wine has always been a family affair for the Portets. Dominique is the ninth recorded generation in a family of vignerons dating back to eighteenth century France. A love of winemaking traditions developed from growing up amongst the vineyards. Arriving in Australia 1976, Portet quickly became an integral part of the Victorian wine industry. For the Porterts, wine is life, it has a cycle from earth to table, it is the first love. Ben Portet has worked under the direction of Brian Croser and Con Moshos at Petaluma, at Taltarni with his father, the Napa Valley and South Africa, in Bordeaux with Philippe Blanc of Chateau Beychevelle, in Reims with Louis Roederer, and the Rhone Valley where he specialised in Hermitage Syrah.
Beet red in colour with darker core and robes. Bouqets of currant and plum, dark cherry and coffee/ cocoa complexed by light dusty spice and pencil notes. A finely structured, supple wine with silky tannins and a soft palate showing ripe plum and lithe bay leaf/ green peppercorn/ spice notes over a backdrop of controlled oak. Unequivocally Yarra Valley in its presentation of all the elegant fruit characters which are essentially Merlot, designed to drink beautifully on release and whilst relatively young.