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2017 De Bortoli Riorret Lusatia Park Chardonnay

Yarra Valley

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Our Price: $34.99 / bottle (RRP: $42.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'Light, bright yellow hue with a mineral, almost Chablis-like aroma, the palate likewise crisp and lean, more stony mineral than fruity.'
95 Points - Huon Hooke

  • 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.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    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.

    Located at Woori Yallock in the upper reaches of the Yarra Valley. Extraordinary north facing De Bortoli family owned vineyard. Planted in 1985, close vine spacing, lots of manual work in the vines, deep red basalt soils. Typically produces fine, minerally, age worthy Chardonnay.

    2017 was cool and dry producing one of the most outstanding Chardonnay vintages of the last 10 years.

    Alc/Vol: 12.7%, pH: 3.16, TA: 6.6 g/L


    TASTING NOTES

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

  • REVIEWS

    '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.'
    95 Points - Huon Hooke


    '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



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