$143.93 / case
|Our Price: $23.99 / bottle (RRP: $30.00)||Case: 6 x 750 ml|
Dalla mia Finestra is the micro scale vineyard and winery of Bruce and Jo-Anne Lang and their family. Situated in the Coldstream Hills, this tiny, mailing list only winery has long been known to produce some of the best value, and most exciting wines in the Yarra. Originally set up with the guidance of local legend Dr Bailey Carrodus (of Yarra Yering fame) it is shame that very few people know about the incredible work that the Lang family have brought to the winery, and the exceedingly brilliant wines they produce.
Today the approach at Finestra embraces low intervention viticulture and winemaking, producing small quantities of wine with a focus on quality. Along with the marketing, all of the responsibilities at Finestra are carried out by the owners who consider it to be a creative release and labour of love.
The Dalla Mia Finestra vineyards sit side by side with those of Yeringberg Estate, with the Cabernet vines being seperated by a small row of trees between the two properties. Both wineries practice minimal intervention, have incredibly low cropping vines, with small berries and tiny yields, and both craft beautiful medium weighted and ethereal Yarra Cabernet. The difference - Yeringberg has all the fame and attention, while Dalla Mia Finestra goes out of their way to avoid the limelight. At $25 a bottle, there is no better way to experience what the best of Yarra Cabernet can represent.
Finestra makes three single vineyard red wines all of which now show the added complexity and character derived from a mature vineyard. Crop loads are maintained at 2 tonne per acre, which is in line with some of the lowest cropping vineyards in the region, and often less than premier cru Burgundy.
"Redcurrant, blackcurrant, aniseed, leaf and fresh rubbed mint, light spiced vanilla and cedar oak. Medium bodied, slightly jellied and almost comes over like Cabernet Franc with its red fruited profile, bright acidity and more gentle tannin structure. Tobacco in there too. Shapely finish. You can feel it growing in stature as it rests in the glass, and indeed, on re-tasting the next day it did just that. Very much the classic Yarra Claret style."
Notes provided by Gary Walsh
Finestra largely uses traditional techniques and equipment to produce its wines with one major concession to modernity being the facility to cool the freshly crushed grapes to protect their inherent flavours.
All fruit is handpicked and crushed into open top fermenters where the grapes undergo a pre-fermentation soak for three to five days to extract colour and enhance complexity. As the ambient temperature of the must rises fermentation commences naturally on wild yeasts and is allowed to continue for a couple of days before a cultured yeast is added to ensure controlled and efficient completion of the fermentation. Throughout this process the "cap" is hand plunged three times per day. Post fermentation the wine remains in contact with the skins for around two weeks to add further complexity and the desired tannin structures. In total, wines remain in contact with skins for a period up to six weeks.
Following fermentation the free run is taken to barrel with the skins gently pressed using an old manually operated basket press. All wines are aged in small French oak casks (20% to 30% new) for periods ranging from twelve to eighteen months.
Dalla Mia Finestra deliberately try to avoid third party reviews, with exception to Gary Walsh from The Wine Front, who has always been a champion of their wines, likening the Cabernet to Yeringberg or Mount Mary for those on a budget.
'Not through design, I tasted this alongside the 2014 Mount Mary Quintet. The winemaker quipped, when I alerted him on social media – “Bill Murray – Cinderella Story”, which I suspect is quite funny if you’ve seen the film. Anyway, no need for false modesty; it certainly never got me anywhere!
Juiciness and almost jelly-like quality of small berried Cabernet fruits, aniseed, cedar, violet and a smattering of sweet herb. Medium bodied, straight down the line acidity and fleshy minerally silty tannin, lovely mouth-perfume, crisp and long, with a precise and refreshing ripe raspberry laced finish. Delicious. Will improve. Also, a bargain.'
92+ Points, Gary Walsh