Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Victoria
Good Pinot Noir tends to be outrageously expensive, but De Bortoli are well endowed with some of the finest vineyards in Yarra Valley to make a splendid young wine. Harvests from the estate properties at Dixons Creek, Tarrawarra and Yarra Glen, are assembled with parcels of Upper Yarra fruit. Minimal handling, whole bunch ferments and an itinerary of handling techniques borrowed from the old world, define the style and preserve the pinosity. Windy Peak is plump on the palate, with good varietal character, pleasantly aromatic and extremely food friendly.
Pinot Noir grapes must reach optimal maturity before the decision is made to harvest. Blocks are selected and picked to maximise flavour. A lot of vineyard sorting and thinning ensures that quality fruit arrives at the winery. Some vines must be picked manually, a small percentage of the hand harvested parcels are earmarked for whole bunch inclusion. A combination of winemaking techniques are employed to create a finished wine with complexity and balance. These include cold maceration, inclusion of whole bunches and warm fermentation at 30˚C to 32˚C. Components remain separate until assemblage, a partial maturation in oak casks introduces complexity while retaining freshness. Alcohol 13.0%
Medium red, garnet hues. Cherry and mulberry Pinot fruit aromas, complexed by savoury hints forest scents, tomato and dried herb. A delicate palate with subtle layers of complexity speaking of essential Pinot Noir characters, strawberries and cherry, fully plump red and dark fruit flavours over soft tannins and sound structure, texture and good length, underlying spice contributes complexity.