In general, I am not the biggest fan of Australian wines.
There are exceptions. Some seriously old-vine grenache or shiraz. A nice dry riesling or semillon. And now this. This, as in seriously silky, complex Pinot Noir for a seriously silly price.
The De Bortoli family, 90 years and 4 generations deep into winemaking, has 2 mottos. The official one is Semper ad Majora, or 'Always striving for better'; the unofficial 'Good Food, Good Wine, and Good Friends'. They aim to make wines of character and a sense of place, wines that are a true expression of their environment.
The Yarra Valley is cooler than most of Australia, with low rainfall, and well-drained clay-loam soils. In other words: a perfect recipe for Pinot.
De Bortoli's Regional Reserve Pinot is more Old World than new, more silky than bold, and more complex than simply fruity. But it's also full of plump, ripe cherry and strawberry fruit, with just a hint of spice. It would elevate a roast chicken to new heights, or put some pizazz into your Tuesday night pasta. Best of all, pop open a bottle, put out some cheese and crackers and-hey!-where did all the wine go? Oops-better buy more than one.
Online special available for pickup in-store after noon today. Special available until Sunday, January 13, or until we run out of wine. To purchase, just click on the Specials tab, above.