Starting with Vittorio and Giuseppina De Bortoli, their history encompasses the universal story of immigrants making good in an adopted land through hard work, innovation and the support of family and friends.
From humble beginnings making small amounts of dry table wine, mostly for fellow European immigrants, De Bortoli Wines expanded and consolidated under the direction of Vittorio and Giuseppina’s energetic son Deen and his wife Emeri. Their four children - Darren, Leanne, Kevin and Victor - joined the family business and developed De Bortoli’s reputation for premium wine, firstly through iconic dessert wine Noble One and then via the success of the cool climate wines produced at the family’s Yarra Valley Estate.
Today, as a fourth generation contemplates entering the family business, De Bortoli Wine’s official motto, Semper ad Majora (“always striving for better”) and the unofficial one (good food, good wine and good friends) remain as true and central as ever.
VINEYARD: This wine is made from select vineyard parcels grown on the De Bortoli family vineyard at Dixons Creek. These include A8 and A3 both planted in 1971, Bull Paddock, A1, A2 and A7 planted in 1987. Average vine age is 24 years.
PHILOSOPHY: Shiraz with whole bunches is a defining Yarra Valley style. The use of whole bunches help lift the aromatics, reinforce the silky tannins and give the wine a savoury edge. This together with ripe but savoury fruit is a lovely combination.
VINTAGE CONDITIONS: 2014 was a very low cropping year and was relatively warm. The wines are bright and plump and generally quite charming.
WINE ANALYSIS: Alc/ Vol: 13.%, pH: 3.59, TA: 6.2g/L.
CELLARING: Will continue to develop and mature for up to ten years in a good cellar.