Dominique Portet Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 - Yarra Valley
Bottle size: 750ml
The blend comprises 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec and 2% Merlot. We picked the grapes by hand, bringing in the Cabernet Sauvignon on 29th February, our earliest yet. The fruit was sorted on our state-of-the-art sorting line, then destemmed and gently crushed. The wine spent three weeks on skins all up, in order to develop structure and a silky texture while still at peak freshness. It was then aged in French oak (35% new) for 14 months. It then spent two months in tank to fully integrate before being bottled on our new bottling line in July 2017. This key addition to our winery reduces oxygen pick-up and preserves the fruit’s lovely aromatics.
Perfect with Beef Tagliata, Arugula and Trevisana Salad.
Dominique Portet was bred in the purple. He spent his early years at Chateau Lafite (where his father was rgisseur) and was one of the first Flying Winemakers, commuting to Clos du Val in the Napa Valley, where his brother was winemaker. He then spent over 20 years as managing director of Taltarni and Clover Hill. After retiring from Taltarni, he moved to the Yarra Valley, a region he had been closely observing since the mid-1980s. In 2001 he found the site he had long looked for and built his winery and cellar door, planting a quixotic mix of viognier, sauvignon blanc and merlot next to the winery. Son Ben is now executive winemaker, leaving Dominique with a roving role as de facto consultant and brand marketer.
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