DCB Wines Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley
The entry-level Pinot from Chris Bendle is made to be enjoyed. Details below are for interest only.
The fruit for this Pinot (MV6 clone) is sourced from two vineyards – one in Kangaroo Ground and the other Woori Yallock. Or as you may know them, the northernmost and southernmost points of the Yarra Valley. Both areas ripen at around the same time but their soil profiles are markedly different. The fruit was treated almost identically from harvest but kept separate. Chilled then destemmed, kept in tank for 48 hours before being pressed onto seasoned oak with around 18 days on skins. The wine was racked then bottled. Pure, simple pleasure.
Pale crimson in colour, here we have a gentle Yarra Valley Pinot Noir that doesn’t leap out of the glass but there is lots of little details hidden away if you look hard enough. Sweet raspberry, damp earth and dried herb aromas provide strong varietal typicity with old oak sitting in the background. The palate then offers up a lovely silky texture well aligned with bright, fresh acidity support more earthy tones before a lingering and supple finish. A well made Yarra Pinot to enjoy over the next couple of years.
91 points, Wine Pilot (May 2022)
Yarra ValleyThe Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.