The team behind DML VIN have a thirst for top quality, single site Pinot Nor. This Yarra Valley example is true to the DML philosophy which favours an evocative, savoury style of Pinot. It highlights the exceptional fruit purity of grapes from the region’s best growers, with beautiful earthy notes. The wine is made in extremely small quantities.
DML (D’Anna Middleton Lewis) VIN is a passion project making expressive single-vineyard Pinot Noir in Victoria. When AFL player Jordan Lewis visited his very first vineyard while honeymooning in Florence, he fell hook, line and sinker. Once he returned home, he dedicated himself to making up for lost time, and immersed himself in the world of wine. One bottle evaded him: the Langton’s Classified ‘Excellent’ 1er Pinot Noir. To source it, he got in touch with Hoddles’ Franco D’Anna. The two got on like a house on fire. Mount Mary’s Sam Middleton soon completed the trio. Together, the three characters that make up DML seek to create exemplary regional Pinot from exceptional parcels around Victoria.
So fine and pretty. All strawberries and dried flower perfume, a dash of sweet spice, subtle stony earthiness too. Light bodied, fresh and delicate, red cherry and ripe strawberry, fine emery tannin, maybe some fragrant basil, and a gentle but insistent drag of fine dusty tannin on a long cool finish. What a lovely wine this is. Should blossom with a few more years in bottle too.
95 points, The Wine Front (June 2021)
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.