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Dominique Portet Fontaine Cabernet Sauvignon, Yarra Valley, Victoria 2020

  • $22.00
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The Portet family represents the know-how and instincts that come from ten generations of winemaking around the world. Dominique himself, the ninth generation, got his first taste of wine at one of the world’s most illustrious properties: Château Lafite-Rothschild in Paulliac, Bordeaux, where his father Andre Portet served as long-time régisseur.

  • Winemaker: Ben Portet
  • Farming: Sustainable
  • Variety: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec
  • Terroir:  Estate vineyards across Yarra Valley, Grapes come from a range of warmer vineyards in the northern and southern end of the Yarra Valley. Soils are rocky and hungry, with a clay base and lots of broken sandstone. Primarily north-facing sites. Estate vineyards are farmed with soil health as top priority, with herbicides being eliminated, manual undervine cultivation, and the planting of cover crops.
  • Vinification: All varieties are picked and sorted by hand. The grapes are destemmed and gently crushed before fermenting at relatively cool temperatures to preserve the aromatic complexity. The wine stays on skins for two weeks, during which time color and tannins are gently extracted.
  • Aging: The wine ages 10 months in French oak barrels, 25% of which are new. Blending of varieties occurs during elevage
  • Tasting Note: Articulate aromatics of red plum, black currant, subtle green pepper, cinnamon myrtle, and granite. The palate is bright and soft, with a  plumpness of fruit balanced by freshness, persistent acidity, and crushed- velvet tannins. A cabernet that can stand up to a steak dinner or a cocktail hour
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