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    Dominique Portet 'Fontaine' Rose 2019

    Dominique Portet 'Fontaine' Rose 2019

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    A blend of 50% Merlot, 35% Shiraz and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is a pretty, light salmon pink in colour. It shows floral perfume and sweet, pretty red fruits on the nose, as well as a slight pepperiness. Merlot and Shiraz combine to give the palate a spicy red-berry intensity, while the Cabernet adds a suggestion of blackberries. It has a gentle, creamy mouthfeel, and fine natural acidity draws out the palate to a pleasing, aromatic finish.

    Producer

    5 star winery founded in 2000 by Dominique Portet and home to arguably Australia’s most successful dry Rosé.

    Dominique Portet was established following 10 consecutive generations of winemaking in the Portet family, stretching back to the 18th century. Dominque’s father was in fact the winery manager at Lafite Rothschild. Dominique left France in his youth to help his brother form Clos du Val, now one of Napa’s greatest estates. Dominique then went to start his own dream and established Taltarni in 1976 then later Clover Hill in north-east Tasmania. Ben Portet is now at the winemaking helm and like many Australian born winemakers spent time overseas to experience other terriors including vintages at Louis Roederer and Wawick Estate in South Africa where I first met Ben in 2005.

    Ninth and tenth generation winemakers Dominique and Ben Portet enjoying a glass of their sparkling Rosé.

    Region

    First planted with vines in 1838, the Yarra Valley is the birthplace of the Victorian wine industry. It ceased production in the fortified wine boom in the 1920s and planting began again in earnest in the 1960s with modern pioneers such as Dr Bailey Carrodus, Guill de Pury and Dr John Middleton paving the way for the Yarra Valley to become one of Australia’s premier wine growing regions today. Their Yarra Yering, Yeringberg and Mount Mary wineries remain regional heroes, firm favorites such as Coldstream Hills and new star wineries such as Oakridge and Giant Steps excel with stunning examples of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling are also no slouch in the region and the exciting new breed of wineries such as Bobar, Mac Forbes, Hoddles Creek, Salo, Timo Mayer, Thousand Candles and Proud Primary Produce are proof of the Yarra Valley’s diversity and understanding of place. Local Knowledge: The restaurant at Oakridge Wines is one of the finest regional dining experiences in the land…. Have a glass of 864 Chardonnay while you are there.

    Specifications

    • Cellaring

      2-5 Years
    • Varieties

      Merlot Blend
    • Vintage

      2019
    • Alcohol Content

      13%
    • Closure

      Screwcap
    • Bottle Size

      750ml

    Critic Reviews (1)

    Gary Walsh

    94 points | October 2019

    50% Merlot, 35% Shiraz and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Ben Portet claims 2019 is a memorable year for Rosé.

    Pale, perfumed, peachy, fresh red berries and the like. It’s subdued, offers a little grip and flint, some more savoury flavours in the mix, alongside a mild creamy softness. Finish is bright and long. Excellent. So nicely done. Pitch perfect Portet.

    50% Merlot, 35% Shiraz and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Ben Portet claims 2019 is a memorable year for Rosé.

    Pale, perfumed, peachy, fresh red berries and the like. It’s subdued, offers a little grip and flint, some more savoury flavours in the mix, alongside a mild creamy softness. Finish is bright and long. Excellent. So nicely done. Pitch perfect Portet.

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