"A very smart wine and extraordinary value for money." Huon Hooke.
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.
"Medium to full red colour with purple tints. The bouquet is savoury with dried herb, plum, vanilla and underbrush aromas, the palate firm and drying with sinewy tannins and ample grip. It's medium-bodied and bold, more interesting than simple varietal fruit. There's a core of sweet, succulent brandied-cherry flavour. A very smart wine and extraordinary value for money." Huon Hooke.
2018 was hand harvested, the grapes were chilled overnight and then 80% were de stemmed to tank with as many whole berries as possible while the remaining 20% was tipped into a separate fermenter. The de stemmed must was allowed to gently increase in temperature and then innoculated while the whole bunch was footstomped and began ferment shortly after. Both ferments were plunged by hand and foot once or twice per day until tannin extraction was judged to be at the correct level. After approx 7 days on skins the wine was pressed to tank and then racked to barrel (85% old/15%new) after 24 hours to complete malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked clean to tank in January and bottled without fining or filtering
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!