Very impressed with pretty much everything De Bortoli are making at the moment. Steve Webber is heading off in the direction of restraint, low alcohol and elegance, and that’s exactly my sort of thing.
De Bortoli Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2008 Yarra Valley, Australia
13% alcohol. Serious stuff this. Fresh and lively with some green herby characters as well as black cherry and plum fruit. Supple, with a lovely savoury, spicy dimension. There’s a hint of sweetness but the dominant theme is savoury elegance. Some grippy tannins, too. Needs time. 93/100 (£17 The Wine Society)