The wines under De Bortoli’s Riorret label (it’s the word ‘terroir’ spelled backwards) are single-vineyard expressions of ‘Melbourne Dress Circle’ Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made only in the best seasons and even then only when the wine speaks of the place that the grapes used to make it were grown.
The Mornington Peninsula is located approximately one hour south of Melbourne. A cool maritime climate,the region is virtually frost free, but is susceptible to high winds. Rainfall is moderate, throughout winter and the growing season. Most of the vineyards are located between just above sea level and 200 metres. Soils range from weathered volcanic soils to sandy loams and friable well-drained clays. Mornington Peninsula is best known for making elegant cool climate Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and sublime Pinot Noir.