94 Points James Halliday & Top 100 Wines 2015
Chardonnay Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria
Dominique Portet grew up amongst the vineyards of France and appreciates the rejuvenating qualities of blush coloured wines. The vibrance of Yarra Valley Chardonnay is dominated by a slightly larger component of savoury Pinot Noir, all grown to good local vineyards and fashioned into the cultivated French interpretation of Rosé. The tide has turned in Australia towards the refreshing, savoury styles which have always been heralded in France. Ready to drink when slightly chilled, Dominique Portet is the pink sparkler of choice to enjoy at every occasion.
Portet is the ninth generation of his family to be committed to winemaking, yet he is the first to establish a winery and label bearing the family name. Brut Rose is a cepage of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, grown exclusively to fine vineyards in the cool districts of Yarra Valley. Brut Rose draws on centuries of French tradition, bottled fermented and disgorged shortly before release, receiving only a small amount of red wine and a light addition of liqueur tirage. Grapes are all hand picked, gently pressed and vinified before being treated to secondary fermentation inside it's own bottle. Aged and tiraged for two years under the Dominique Portet cellars, disgorged and lightly dosed prior to resealing and release.
Deep salmon pink colour with a a creamy mousse and persistent bead. Fresh strawberries and rose petals on the nose, nuances of stonefruit and hints of light bread spice. Red berry flavours and tangy rhubarb characters, peaches and red delicious apple follow through to the fresh and dry, creamy finish. Without a doubt, this sparkling sensation will add something special to birthday parties, long lunches and soirees.