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1 - 12 of 65 Yarra Valley Red
Bress Silver Chook Pinot Noir
Yarra & Macedon Ranges
Available by the dozen
It is the Bress way, that superior quality grapes should be treated gently and with minimal intervention, to be vinified in nothing but the finest new French oak. Low cropped viticulture is in large part, the raison d'être for such reverence, the wines of Bress are religiously handled in such a manner. The bucolic affability of Yarra Valley fruit, seamlessly coalesces with the more elegant and fragrant Macedon Pinot Noir, achieving a measured yet engaging and complex wine. A match to charcoal pork roast and marinated chicken grill.
$2499each
$299DOZEN
EACH
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Adam P. Marks visited France to witness first hand the traditional methods of breeding chickens, to acquire pastoral viticultural practices and learn ancient winemaking techniques. Marks returned to Australia inspired by the artisanal French approach to production which he acquired whilst in Bordeaux making wines on the Entre deux Mer. Grapes are hand picked, gently crushed and settled overnight before being pressed directly to new French oak hogsheads. Three weeks of wild indigenous ferment on full solids, while being treated to lees stirring battonage without any malolactic, is followed by assemblage and minimal fining to ensure maximum retention of primary fruit character.
Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir
Yarra Valley
Available by the dozen
Coldstream Hills make the quintessential Yarra Valley Pinot Noir, gentle and exquisitely balanced, well developed and engagingly complex. Whole bunch stalkiness and refined French oak add structure and interest. A gamey, earthy proposition displaying all the requisite varietal characters, a stylish wine of intensity and velvet textures, brimming with punnets of ripe berry flavours. Elegantly medium bodied, lined with silky tannins, the Pinot Noir of choice to accompany gourmandise venison, braised hare or succulently roast duck.
$2699each
$323DOZEN
EACH
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Coldstream Hills were established in 1985 by James and Suzanne Halliday. From its initial vintage of 450 dozen, it has grown to become one of Australia's leading small wineries with a reputation that belies its size. Situated in the cool Yarra Valley, its steep, closely planted vineyards have become a signature of the region. So too have its wines, most notably a Pinot Noir which reflects a clime cooler than Bordeaux and warmer than Burgundy. Hand picked grapes from low yielding vineyards in Upper and Lower Yarra Valley are vinified to a variety of Burgundian handling techniques, including whole bunch fermentation and a term of age in a selection of choice French oak barrels. Alcohol 13.5%
 
Medium red, vibrant purple hues. Fragrant cherry and blueberry fruit aromas with underlying gaminess and spice. Toasty oak adds further complexity to the wine's bouquet, but does not dominate. Vibrant fruit characters of cherry, strawberry and blueberry persist on the juicy palate alongside stalky savoury notes of game, leaf and spice.
De Bortoli PHI Pinot Noir
Yarra Valley
Available in cases of 6
Stephen Shelmerdine never applies any pressure on his Pinot vines to perform. Handling fruit and wine by gravity, knowing when not to interfere, indigenous yeasts and a subdued use of oak, all help to render the style. The challenge is to preserve aromas and to let the palate form by itself. A pure, small batch Pinot wine, elegance and finesse are the defining characters, matched by fine texture and good structure. The result is subtlety over sunshine, terroir over intervention and delicacy over extraction, fashioned to be beautiful to drink.
$4499each
$539DOZEN
EACH
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Lusatia Park Block B is one of the more aromatic Pinot Noir sites in upper Yarra Valley. Pinot clone MV6 vines are cane pruned to twenty five buds and shoot thinned at the 10cm or 15cm stage to yield eighteen 80gm bunches each. All grapes are hand harvested, hand sorted and destemmed into six tonnes open fermenters, a portion of whole bunches are included. Natural vinification ensues as the cap recieves an occasional plunge toward the end of ferments. After two or three weeks on skins, batches are pressed, settled overnight and gravity filled to French oak casks for up to a year's maturation. Barrels are racked once again and filled to bottle without fining or filtration. Alcohol 13.0%
 
Full ruby colour. Intense Pinot nose with purity and fragrance, alluring wild red fruit aromatics. Complex varietal characters coalesce on a palate of superb concentration, a Pinot palate of texture, plumpness and softness. Elegant, minerally and fine, a finish of extended fruit, lingering silky tannins and the piquant sweetness of freshly pitted cherry.
De Bortoli Section A8 Syrah
Yarra Valley
Available in cases of 6
A detailed and defined, old world style of Syrah, eloquently perfumed and decidedly delicious, crafted from hand picked fruit grown to the original 1971 plantings at Dixons Creek in Yarra Valley. A striking wine of focus, excellence and concentration, articulating the opulence of a world class Shiraz. Meticulous hand sorting at harvest ensures that only grapes of the silkiest tannins and most refined fruit characters are included. A profound red wine to match with the finest gourmandise, red wine garlic braise or ripe Taleggio.
$4999each
$599DOZEN
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Vines at Section A8 of Dixons Creek are strategically planted in a north to south row orientation. All grapes are hand picked throughout the cool of morning into 8kg buckets and transported to the estate wineworks. Fruit is hand sorted as a combination of whole bunches and whole berries are gravity tipped into open fermenters. Fruit is vinified through the action of wild indigenous yeasts, while treated to a regimen of foot plunging and hand remontage to gently extract colour and flavour. After three weeks of maceration and ferment, musts are pressed and settled before gravity filling to a combination of 500L oak puncheons and larger format 2300L casks for malolactic and a year's maturation.
 
Medium garnet red colour. Fragrant and aromatic, brightly detailed, perfumed characters, wild strawberries and graphite, minerals and cherry spice. A fine, plump and structured palate, brimming with dark berry flavours, smokeyness and pepper spice, supported by a whisper of seasoned oak and textural, grainy tannins. The Syrah of choice to accompany piquant fennel pork sausages with lentils and maghrebi spice.
De Bortoli Section D4 Nebbiolo
Yarra Valley
Available by the dozen
Nebbiolo makes the most magnificent wines, complex and engaging, bold of tannin, effusive and eloquent, full of charm. De Bortoli have established a closely husbanded parcel of vine on a section of Dixons Creek vineyard, which emulates the fortuitous confluence of microclimes of Nebbiolo's spiritual home in Piedmont. Grapes are all hand picked and sorted into small open fermenters for three weeks of maceration, followed by fourteen months in 500 litres French oak butts. Brightly lit with graphite, mineral and spice, textural tannins in support of its plump, savoury fruits palate.
$2999each
$359DOZEN
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Domaine Chandon Pinot Noir
Yarra Valley
Available by the dozen
Victoria makes world class Pinot Noir, Chandon have the resources to develop the best vineyards and to retain the finest sites. Fruit is predominantly sourced from two vineyards in the Upper Yarra, planted to altitudes of 250 metres, they yield a quality of Pinot Noir that's highly akin to her stately siblings in the old world. The task of the Chandon team is to preserve the eccentricity of Pinot Noir in an engaging and balanced wine, suitably endowed with generous fruit filled palate, laden with bucolic varietal charm, truffles and barnyard, cherry and rhubarb spice.
$2699each
$323DOZEN
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Crafted to an artisanal old world style of vinification, the retention of whole berries in the ferments is essential, bunches are destemmed but uncrushed into small open vessels and treated to three days of cold soak. Each vineyard patch is separately handled throughout the winemaking. Ferments are closely managed, temperature controls and a course of old fashioned hand plunging aid in the optimal extraction of colour, flavours and soft tannin. Upon completion, batches are pressed to a selection French oak barriques for malolactic and maturation. Some components remain on malolactic lees while others are racked and returned to oak, the best barrels are determined and assembled into the finished wine.
 
Dark garnet with purple edges. The nose exudes the idiosyncrasy of Pinot Noir grown to good terroir, cherries and applejack, sassafras and earthy, forest floor notes. The palate is layered with dark cherry flavours, seasoned by closet spice and cedary clove notes, supported by dark grain acidity and textural, licorice tannins. Match to vension and rare breast of duck.
Dominique Portet Andre Cabernet Sauvignon
Pyrenees Yarra
Available in cartons of six
André was Dominique Portet’s father, role model and mentor. The eigth generation in a distinguished lineage of vigneron, André raised Dominique amongst the world's most sacred vines during his tenure as manager at the illustrious Château Lafite-Rothschild. An assemblage of parcels Cabernet Sauvignon, hand picked and hand sorted from elite blocks in the Pyrenees and Yarra Valley, Andre can only ever be made from the most exceptional vintages.
$21999each
$2639DOZEN
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The Pyrenees portion is picked off forty year old vines grown to gravel/quartz soils, a terroir that's ideal for elegance and structure. The Yarra Valley component is sourced off twenty year old vines, planted to propitious clay and broken rock soils, contributing mid palate flesh and freshness. An essential part of Andre's excellence is the exacting work over the sorting line, entirely eliminating green stalks and grapes which can be borderline over or under ripe. Winemaking is highly traditional, fruit is destemmed, gently crushed and treated to four weeks on skins, where it develops splendid softness and remarkable complexity, followed by a course of eighteen months in an extravagantly high proportion of new French oak.
 
Dark opaque scarlet. Black fruit nose, perfumed with violets and blueberry, ribena, meat grills and dark cherry jube. Blackberry and cassis palate, layered with wine gum and licorice notes, framed by a cosset of luxurious French oak, the final word in tannins, statueasque, chiselled yet affable, expansive yet reserved and refined.
Dominique Portet Fontaine Cabernet Sauvignon
Yarra Valley
Available by the dozen
From harvests of estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, assembled off the salubrious Dominique Portet vineyards. The temperate seasons of Yarra Valley allow for complete ripening of fruit, components grown to climes further afield at Heathcote or the Pyreness encourage the development of fragrant pepper spice and the most graceful tannins. The lucky grapes are all hand picked, destemmed and very gently crushed, to be fashioned into a sublimely integrated accord, showing suppleness on the palate after an engaging nose of delicate perfumes.
$2199each
$263DOZEN
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Dominique Portet did his training at some of the world's most illustrious red winemaking estates. He qualified at the Montpellier University of Oenology and during a compulsory one year military service was the Legion's wine purchasing adviser. Portet spent vintages in the Medoc, Rhone Valley, Provence and with Moet et Chandon. Following vintages in the Napa Valley, the founding of Taltarni and Clover Hill, vintage 2000 would see the establishment of the Dominique Portet label. Choice harvests of Cabernet Sauvignon are treated to a three day cold soak, vinified and left on skins for two to three weeks before maturation, mostly in a selection of fine French oak barrels.
 
Bright purple red in the glass. Juicy dark fruit aromas and flavours that focus on blackberry, plums and red cherry with a floral lift. A wine of supple texture and intense fruit, clear crisp acidity makes the flavours evolve over lovely soft tannins, making this elegant red blend so very easy to drink right now, ideally alongside pink butterfly lamb, Coq au vin or egg ribbon pasta with meatballs.
Dominique Portet Yarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Yarra Valley
Available in cartons of six
The winemaking at Dominique Portet has one foot planted firmly in tradition and the other in the latest developments. It is ultimately an empathy for the grape and respect for the shared experiences of winemaking pioneers which drive the Portet wineworks, nestled amongst the flourishing vineyards of Victoria. It is from these propitious sites on the benign aspects of Yarra Valley, that Dominique Portet identifies auspicious parcels, so akin to the peerless quality of harvest that he husbanded during his childhood amongst the vines of Château Lafite.
$4399each
$527DOZEN
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Making wine has always been a family affair for the Portets. Dominique is the ninth recorded generation in a family of vignerons dating back to eighteenth century France. A love of winemaking traditions developed from growing up amongst the vineyards. Arriving in Australia 1976, Portet quickly became an integral part of the Victorian wine industry. For the Porterts, wine is life, it has a cycle from earth to table, it is the first love. Ben Portet has worked under the direction of Brian Croser and Con Moshos at Petaluma, at Taltarni with his father, the Napa Valley and South Africa, in Bordeaux with Philippe Blanc of Chateau Beychevelle, in Reims with Louis Roederer, and the Rhone Valley where he specialised in Hermitage Syrah.
 
Beet red hues, darker robes. Bouqets of currant and cassis, dark cherry and coffee/ cocoa complexed by light dusty spice and pencil notes. A finely structured Cabernet of solid, savoury yet silky tannins, blackcurrants and bay leaf/ green peppercorn/ spice notes over a backdrop of controlled oak. Unequivocally Yarra Valley in its articulation of Cabernet Sauvignon, drink magnificently on release whilst relatively young.
Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir
Yarra Valley
Available in cartons of six
The capriciousness of the hard to grow, early ripening Pinot Noir makes its expression of site all the more sublime. The winemaking at Giant Steps is holistic and closely micro managed, a particular objective is to enhance the natural microflora for the facilitation of indigenous fermentations in the winery. The Yarra Valley's cool, slow ripening aspects, afford Pinot Noir the time to develop its seductive labyrinth of aromas, showing bright red fruit notes underscored by earthy complexity.
$5599each
$671DOZEN
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Giant Steps Harrys Monster
Yarra Valley
Available in cases of 6
In exceptional years, parcels of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot are separately fermented. The best lots are assembled into a multiple trophy winer named Harry's Monster and treated to an extravagant maturation in the finest oak. Very strong in primary fruit, generosity and mouthfeel, its ripe seed tannins are simply singing in its youth, showing exceptional balance on a long lasting finish.
$5299each
$635DOZEN
EACH
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Grapes are hand picked, destemmed and crushed to small open fermenters. A mix of indigenous and cultured yeasts initiate several days of warm vinification to dryness. Ferments are well aerated, hand plunged and gravity rack returns for a fortnight. Upon completion, the cap is submerged for a two or three weeks to integrate and polymerize tannins. Batches are treated to an airbag press and racked off gross lees to a mix of seasoned and new French oak barriques for malolactic and eighten months maturation.
 
Deep crimson colour. A dark, brooding bouquet of black cherries and kalamata, violets and bramble. Full palate, densely layered with rich dark fruits and earthy, gamey complexity over a structure of sleek, polished oak and extensive tannins.
Giant Steps LDR Pinot Noir Syray
Yarra Valley
Available by the dozen
The Sexton family live in the middle of their eighty acre vineyard on the high north face of the Warramate Ranges, within the dress circle of Yarra Valley's most eminent estates. The vineyard is introducing organic practises with the express purpose of further distinguishing the site and improving grape and wine quality. An assemblage of Pinot Noir and Shiraz, treated to a traditional course of ferments and judicious term of oak, fashioned into an immensely satisfying, seamless yet complex and engaging, bucolic old world style.
$2999each
$357DOZEN
EACH
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