Category Archives: Yarra Valley

Apr 04 2015

A Wine to Put on Your Radar: DCB Wine Pinot Noir 2013

Posted on April 04, 2015 | By merrill@cellarit.com

You may recall that not long ago I raved about a bottle of Hoddles Creek 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2013 we enjoyed over dinner. The Wine Front’s Gary Walsh remarked that at $45 per bottle the wine was a bargain, arguing that “To get quality like this out of Burgundy, you’d be looking at up to $150+”. (Hoddles Creek 1er Cru Pinot Noir 2013, The Wine Front 14 January 2015)

Consequently I was very intrigued to read Mike Bennie’s impressive review of the DCB Wine Pinot Noir Yarra Valley 2013 (rrp $20) in this month’s Gourmet Traveller Wine. It’s the first release for a new label by Chris Bendle, one of the members of the winemaking crew at the Yarra Valley’s Hoddles Creek. According to Bennie, this wine and its sibling, the 2013 DCB Wine Chardonnay, will undoubtedly make the list of Australia’s best-value wines. (From Big Things by Mike Bennie, Gourmet Traveller Wine, April/May 2015)

Bendle has been making wine at Hoddles Creek since 2010. He told Bennie that “The D’Anna family [owners of Hoddles Creek have had a big influence on me. I’ve learned that people seek out value in wine, and that wine can be about pleasure, enjoyment as well as accessibility.”

In 2013 Bendle was fortunate to secure some pinot noir and chardonnay from a vineyard halfway between Healesville and Woori Yallock. Usually most of the fruit is reserved for Hoddles Creek. The wines, made at Hoddles Creek, are unfiltered and unfined.

Here’s Bennie’s review:

2013 DCB Wine Pinot Noir ($20) is packed with plush, red berry flavours and just a faint hint of dusty wood from older oak barrels. It’s easy drinking, yet stylish in its own way, punching well about its weight”

by Merrill Witt, Editor

The wine is still available from Boccaccio Cellars for $19.99

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Jun 06 2014

Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir: Terroir + Experience = Superb Results!

Posted on June 06, 2014 | By merrill@cellarit.com

I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a couple of bottles of the Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir 2012 over the past few months. On both occasions I was really impressed with the enticing dark fruit aromas and the vibrant, pure fruit flavours complemented by a thread of minerality and ever so slight savoury undertones.

The 2012 Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir is quite Burgundian in character

The Wine Front’s Mike Bennie described this wine as being quite Burgundian in character, meaning, to quote Bennie, “fancy oak aromas for the first five minutes,.. [Read More]

Jun 06 2012

Mount Mary Quintet: The Quintessential Cabernet Blend

Posted on June 06, 2012 | By merrill@cellarit.com

When I was reading Jay McInerney’s article on Paso Robles blends, I couldn’t help thinking about Australia’s most renowned blended wine, the Mount Mary Vineyard Quintet Cabernets. Justin Smith of Saxum, one of Paso Robles’ most respected winemakers, told McInerney that “Blends are a great tool for winemakers to be able to bring complexity and balance to their wines, especially when working within a single site.” (Discovering the Beautiful Blends of Paso Robles by Jay McInerney, The Wall Street Journal, 15 June 2012)

Mount Mary has been putting Smith’s approach into practice for over 40 years… [Read More]