"A wine I like a great deal." 96pts - James Halliday - Wine Companion.
DCB Wine is a boutique Yarra Valley producer of small batch premium chardonnay and pinot noir. Chris Bendle is the owner/winemaker and is famous for his work as assistant winemaker at Hoddles Creek.
"Whole bunches from the Lone Star Creek Vineyard tipped directly into 0.8t fermenters and closed with CO2 in head space, 3 days later foot-stomped and juice commenced fermentation naturally, stomped every 2 days until the ferment reduced to 1 degrees baume, the must pressed to used barriques to complete primary fermentation and mlf. A wine I like a great deal." 96pts - James Halliday - Wine Companion
"42 dozen made. 100% whole bunch from the Lone Star Creek vineyard in Woori Yallock. A whole lot of bunch here laden with spice, pepper, smoke, nuts and cherry. Good flavour, cherry, strawberry dusted with brown sugar, cool and free-flowing, fine acidity, fine emery tannin, finish is fresh, long and spicy. So nicely done." 94pts - Gary Walsh - WineFront
Where this wine comes from - Yarra Valley
Just 50 kilometres from Melbourne, Victoria’s Yarra Valley is a star of the wine regions surrounding the city, known as the ‘Melbourne Dress Circle’. With plenty of microclimates and sub-regions, the Yarra Valley doesn’t have a weak link. Certainly the region’s reputation has been built on the quality of its cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. As far as Chardonnay goes, Yarra Valley strikes the right balance of ripeness, without going over the edge. There’s white peach, lemon pith and Fuji apple supported by a fine spine of citrus-like acidity complemented by supportive oak maturation. The region’s Pinot Noir certainly produces that ethereal quality that Pinot-philes go crazy for – with lifted cherry notes, texture and length. Pinosity? It’s here in spades. Don’t discount Yarra Valley Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which also have a long history in the region and are being recognised for producing their own unique regional styles. Game on!