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De Bortoli & Shelmerdine, Phi, Lusatia Park Vineyard, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia 2007
Crystalline nose of mango and tropical fruit with some fresh citrus. This continues on to the palate which has good lift and length and well-judged oak blending in. A ripe wine but not over-exotic. Impressive.
Price: £25 North South Wines
De Bortoli is a large company that has a dual identity. Its main winery is located in Griffith, New South Wales where, among other wines, it produces its celebrated botrytis Semillon called Noble One. At the same time it owns extensive vineyards in the Yarra Valley, where Steve Webber, who is married to Leanne De Bortoli, makes the wines. Phi is a joint venture established in 2002 between Webber and the grape-farming Shelmerdine family, which owns a vineyard located on red basalt soils along Lusatia Park Road in the Upper Yarra Valley. Planted to a high density in 1985, this well-drained, high-elevation vineyard is considered the Yarra’s finest. Winemaking is unremarkable: whole-bunch pressing, barrel-fermentation with natural yeasts, malolactic fermentation, light stirring, and ageing in barrels for nine months – but the wine is beautifully poised and focused, a reflection of site rather than technique.