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2017 De Bortoli Riorret Lusatia Park Chardonnay

2017 De Bortoli Riorret Lusatia Park Chardonnay

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12.8%
Cellar to 2021
Cork
Yarra Valley
2017
750ml
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$29.99
12.8%
Cellar to 2021
Cork
Yarra Valley
2017
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • Riorret is the absolute pinnacle of De Bortoli's stable of incredible vineyards, spread out across Southern Australia. Sourced from the Lusatia Park site, in the upper Yarra Valley, this 2017 release is in absolutely sparkling form. From a cooler vintage, and selected from a few rows, this Chardonnay is currently embryonic, but will approach and blossom into a wine of stratospheric greatness. Speaking of the 'terroir', it has a finely hewn palate of chalk, wet stone, hazelnut and perky green apple acids.

    Their is certainly latent power awaiting here, and with the passing of time, this might just be the finest white wine yet produced under the Riorret stable.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • The De Bortoli family own and cultivate three unique vineyard estates in three parts of the Yarra Valley and the grapes for this wine come from the Lusatia Park vineyard, located at Woori Yallock in the valley’s upper reaches. The 18 hectare mature vineyard was first planted in 1985 and is a close-planted, north facing plot at an altitude of 240 meters. The soils are deep decomposed basalt that is quite rich in iron, typically producing fine, minerally, age worthy Chardonnay. The Riorret range of wines are only made in the best seasons, and only when the resultant wine speaks of the vineyard of the vineyard from which it came.

    Hand picked, chilled, hand sorted and whole bunch pressed. Juice is allowed to settle for about an hour then racked to barrel to complete fermentation using natural yeast. The wine completes malolactic fermentation to reduce the prominence of primary fruit characters and is then stirred intermittently until Spring. In December the wine is gravity racked, then bottled in early February.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    Light to medium colour with green edge. Minerally, delicate, classic florals, fine. Tightly structured, brioche, hazelnut, super dry and a classic briny finish.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • One of Australia's more dynamic family wine businesses, De Bortoli wines is now in it's third generation, having been first established by Vittorio and Giuseppina De Bortoli in 1928 with the business then driven by their son Deen De Bortoli and now third generation Darren De Bortoli alongside his sister Leanne and her husband, De Bortoli Chief Winemaker Steve Webber. De Bortoli wines has been historically based at Bilbul (near Griffith) in the NSW Riverina, but more recently they have expanded into the Yarra Valley (where Leanne and Steve Webber are based), the Hunter Valley and also into Victoria's King Valley. The emphasis in all of the vineyards has always been upon innovation, with De Bortoli credited with the creation of Australia's most famous dessert wine, the Noble One. The De Bortoli winemaking philosophy is that great wine begins in the vineyard. Their belief is that sustainable vineyard practices will deliver exceptional fruit quality to the winery as well as real environmental benefits. With a focus on careful site selection, vine maturity, high input viticulture and a move towards biological farming principles, De Bortoli Wines are also focusing more and more on single vineyard wines and the expression of specific terroir through their wine. In the winery, minimal (more...)

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 95 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE


    Light, bright yellow hue with a mineral, almost Chablis-like aroma, the palate likewise crisp and lean, more stony mineral than fruity, the finish cleansing and dry and appetising. A very refined, delicate but intense wine of great fruit purity.'

    93 POINTS

    CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT


    This release from one of the best chardonnay vineyards in the Yarra Valley is on the leaner side but the quality is certainly there. I have to admit though that I enjoyed a glass or two of this at dinner and as I did so I thought: this is going to be far too lean for most people. So be warned; it’s a piercing chardonnay. It tastes of tinned pears and lemon, spicy oak and oyster shells. I think it’s going to a good place and in a lean, acidic line-and-length way I personally enjoy drinking it now. It’s pure like snow and long like winter.

    93 POINTS

    CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT


    This release from one of the best chardonnay vineyards in the Yarra Valley is on the leaner side but the quality is certainly there. I have to admit though that I enjoyed a glass or two of this at dinner and as I did so I thought: this is going to be far too lean for most people. So be warned; it’s a piercing chardonnay. It tastes of tinned pears and lemon, spicy oak and oyster shells. I think it’s going to a good place and in a lean, acidic line-and-length way I personally enjoy drinking it now. It’s pure like snow and long like winter.'