An exciting new producer out of the Yarra Valley. DCB wines are made by young gun Chris Bendle, who is also the assistant winemaker at Hoddles Creek. He has made wines not just in Victoria but in Tasmania, New Zealand and Oregon as well.
His Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir comes from the Bittern Vineyard. 2018 is the only vintage made of this wine as 2019 had such low yields. However the wine has been greatly successful, receiving great marks from Halliday and Huon Hooke and will hopefully be returning in the future!
DCB is a busman's holiday for Chris Bendle, currently a winemaker at Hoddles Creek Estate, where he has been since 2010. He previously made wine in Tasmania, NZ and Oregon, so he is the right person to provide wines that are elegant, affordable and reward the pleasure of drinking
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Clones 114, 115 and MV6 from the Bittern Vineyard transported to the Yarra Valley in the early morning, destemmed, cultured yeast added the next day, 62 dozen made so manipulation of must not difficult, pressed to used barriques. It's a wine that creeps up on you, its bright/clear crimson hue retrospectively waving a flag, its gently spiced red berry fruits and ultrafine tannins making a coherent statement. Fruit-sweet flavours are supple and fine
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Medium red colour with brick and purple tints. The elusive bouquet is savoury and earthy, with traces of leather and dried herbs, with a little smoked charcuterie. The wine is sweet-fruited with suggestions of brandied cherries, and the succulent fruit is followed rapidly by a swell of slightly tough tannins underlined by some alcohol heat. Solid structure, long palate. An ambitious wine, which has a future.