Could Pinot Blanc be the 2nd best white variety in the Yarra after Chardonnay? Certainly there’s some quality examples out there as it starts to earn the respect from understanding wine drinkers. Grown on the De Bortoli estate at Dixon’s Creek. Old oak maturation, naturally fermented and intermittent lees stirring for 5 months. Wine maker is Steve Webber.
De Bortoli, The Estate Vineyard, Pinot Blanc, Yarra Valley, 2017
Serene aromas of soft, ripe yellow pomme fruit and nutty, creamy almond spread with a white river rock mineral element. Creamy palate with a distinct smoky, nutty character, alongside the soft apples and pears. The underlying acidity is a surprise and somewhat bracing as it finishes long and dry. Powerful enough for richer seafood (even creamy) dishes or roast pork with apple sauce.
Wine sample courtesy of De Bortoli