The Estate Vineyard range from De Bortoli encompasses elegant, hand crafted wines that reflect the unique characters of the De Bortoli Winery Estate, Dixons Creek, Yarra Valley. Mature vines, minimal handling, thoughtful winemaking. Exceptional quality with a distinct sense of place.
This 2018 Pinot Blanc is a wonderful example of the variety, done in a refreshing and modern style. Spicy pear notes, a savoury, saline note, and crisp, linear acidity. Lovely drinking.
Hand picked, gently pressed and allowed to settle overnight. The juice is racked to older French oak casks to ferment and mature over 5 months. The lees are stirred intermittently for creaminess and texture.
A wonderfully elegant example of a classic Alsatian variety. Freshly cut green apple and pear fruit aromas, with white blossom floral notes, and a hint of steely minerality. The palate is light and delicate with a great balance of acidity, depth of flavour and subtle texture. Refined and understated.
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 interference, allowing the wine to 'make itself' and the mantra ‘it is harder to do nothing’ encapsulate this focus and belief. With an enormous range of wines and labels, it is constantly impressive how consistent (and good value) the De Bortoli wines are. This comes from a simple respect for varietal purity, with Steve Webber renowned for his desire to see varietal expression in the De Bortoli wines. The real secret to the quality of the De Bortoli wines though is simply the winemaking talent. Beyond head honcho Steve Webber the team includes veteran Rob Glastonbury, award winning young winemaker Sarah Fagan and long time Noble One guru Julie Mortlock, all combining to headup one very able winemaking unit."
DAVID BICKNELL - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
A fascinating, lesser seen varietal, and while its been made in old vats and aged on lees, It smells just like a spiced pear and roquette salad. Green pears and peppery leaves, limey citrus acidity, delicacy, texture and length.
DAVID BICKNELL - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
A fascinating, lesser seen, varietal and while it's been made in old vats and aged on lees, it smells just like a spiced pear and roquette salad. Green pears and peppery leaves, limey citrus acidity, delicacy, texture and length.
NICK BUTLER - THE REAL REVIEW
As green as it is yellow - impressive in the glass. Cinnamon, white pears and seaspray - a complex bouquet. The aromatics translate directly to the palate, with a touch of white pepper adding further to its charm. It's balance is impeccable. Everything in its right place
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT
De Bortoli put pinot blanc into its Dixons Creek/Yarra Valley vineyard in 2011 and 2013. This release was hand-picked and fermented in old oak. Freshness, energy, elegance. Apple, citrus, slate and florals. It's a refreshing wine, just-textural, painted in water colours. Here's the word: suggestive. It suggests at a lot of things without trying too hard to really nail them. It means that it's a pretty easy wine to spend time with; it doesn't wear you out.