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The De Bortoli Estate vineyards were ﬁrst planted in 1971 with additional plantings in 1987, 1988 and 1990, and for over 30 years the best parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon have been carefully managed to produce a wine of the highest quality.
The De Bortoli “Melba Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon is blended from fruit from several mature vineyards on the estate and only released in exceptional years. 2012 was such a year, characterised by a long mild autumn. The tannins that are produced late in the season is what gives the wine fine structure and longevity.
The fruit is hand picked, sorted (both in the vineyards and again at the winery) and destemmed followed by light crushing. Individual vineyard batches were fermented on skins for up to 30 days. At the desired balance of fruit and tannin extraction each batch was gently pressed. The individual parcels were racked to oak after pressing. Regular rackings over an 18 month period ensured the individual wines were at their best prior to blending. The wines were matured in selected Bordeaux coopered barriques of which 35% were new, the balance one and two years old.
The finished wine was bottled in December 2013 and then cellared at 16°C for 3 years before labelling and release.
Only 3,000 bottles were produced.
“Bright medium red. Ripe blackberry, smoke, cedarwood and cocoa. Red currants and fresh cassis, touches of cloves and juniper, fine powdery tannin, soft gentle finish.”
Steve Webber, winemaker, December 2016.