I love the Yarra. The rolling hills, the greenness, the climate and, for sure, the wines. So many excellent varieties florish here but not only that, they are all made well. All within a short drive from the Melbourne CBD, it's hard not to be drawn to the place.
One of my first trips to the Yarra back in 2001 had me wandering around the Dixon Creek area. Perhaps it was some of those excellent experiences which enhance the memories, but at the same time, make me want to go back there, and of course, continue to enjoy the wines too.
I distinctly remember a conversation with one of the locals about the vineyards De Bortoli own which they source the fruit from for this wine. "First class and very well maintained," were the words used in his distinctly gravelly voice. The vineyard was purchased from Graeme Miller in the late 80's, who was at the helm of Chateau Yarrinya at the time. In the late 70's Graeme won the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy. He has since re-established himself nearby and still produces some great wines.
Cherries and strawberries on the nose with some earthiness and leather. A medium bodied red, it's silky smooth with a deadly balance of fruit and fine tannins (13% abv). Super impressive stuff! The oak adds a wonderful subtlety. 50% sat in new French oak with the balance in one and two year old oak for ten months.
Each sip was magic and matched the accompanying pizza perfectly. An excellent example of the grape and what the region can produce. I'm so pleased I have reacquainted myself with this one!!