De Bortoli Section D4 Nebbiolo
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In 1924 Vittorio De Bortoli emmigrated from Castelcucco in Treviso (the heart of Prosecco country) to the Yarra Valley in Australia. The flat plains and red earth are very different to the hillls of Treviso for sure! Vittorio worked hard and lived quite humbly under a rain water tank for some time but it wasn’t until 1928 that his fortunes changed. He purchased 55 acres of mixed fruit farm land. That same year, grape growers saw an overly abundant year of Shiraz grapes, so much so that the producers thought it cheaper to let the excess crop go to rot. Vittorio saw an opportunity and acquired the grapes for free! De Bortoli wines had begun. Quickly, his wine was in great demand.
Still family owned and run, De Bortoli wines are considered in very high esteem throughout the wine world. This Nebbiolo brings the roots of Vittorio’s Italian heritage in line with modern Australian winemaking.
All of the grapes are hand picked and sorted. Fermentation happens in small open fermenters with 20 days skin maceration (colour took around 10 days to deepen) and maturation for 14 months in 500L French oak casks.
Bright, detailed, perfumed aromas of graphite, mineral and spice. Fine, plump palate of pepper, spice and smokey, textural, grainy tannins. This wine will continue to develop beautifully over the next 10 years if stored correctly. An absolutely superb example of Single Vineyard Nebbiolo outside of Piedmont.