"Complex wine, fruit, oak and acidity all contesting a place in the sun. Works well." 92pts - 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.
"A mix of Dijon clones from the Lone Star Creek Vineyard, whole-bunch pressed to tank, thence to one new demi-muid, the remainder wild-fermented in barriques. Complex wine, fruit, oak and acidity all contesting a place in the sun. Works well." 92pts - James Halliday - Wine Companion
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!