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2019 Dominique Portet Fontaine Cabernet Sauvignon

Yarra Valley, VIC

Juicy and approachable Cabernet from one of Bordeaux's most famous families. Under $25? Yes please!

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$24.00$22.00

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What a classy Yarra Valley cabernet-dominant blend is doing at this price is beyond me.

James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

About The Wine

With a long, illustrious history in the home of Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, the Portets know a thing or two about the grape.

In the Yarra Valley they have found a place to produce a refined style of Cabernet, this is their "drinking not thinking" model.

Picked for freshness and to be "silky, juicy and open", this is the more approachable side of this noble variety.

For $22 this would have to be one of the best Cabernet buys in the whole country!

About Dominique Portet

Dominique Portet, quite simply, is international winemaking royalty. From a winemaking family that stretches back 10 generations in Bordeaux, his father Andre Portet was régisseur (vineyard and winery manager) of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild in Pauillac.

He is one of the original “Flying Winemakers”, having scoured the world in search of new and interesting exploits in wine which eventually lead him to the Yarra Valley.

Here Portet found “... wines with a fragrance and structure reminiscent of the wines of Bordeaux. The Yarra has a charm and a beauty that engulfs you, and its wines are worldly” and chose this as his home away from home.

Father & Son, Dom and Ben Portet
Father & Son, Dom and Ben Portet
Yarra Valley, VIC
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From The Producer

Grapes come from a range of warmer vineyards in the northern and southern end of the Yarra Valley. Soils are rocky and hungry, with a clay base and lots of broken sandstone. These north-facing sites are excellent for Cabernet that has clear, juicy, concentrated fruit with soft, silky tannins.

The blend is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. We picked and sorted all varieties by hand. We de-stemmed the grapes and gently crushed them before fermenting them at relatively cool temperatures to accentuate the beautiful aromatics of the Cabernet. The wine stayed on skins for two weeks, during which time colour and tannins were gently extracted. We then gave the wine 10 months to mature in French oak barrels, 30% of which were new.

Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon (86%), Merlot (6%), Cabernet Franc (5%), Petit Verdot (2%) and Malbec (1%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2025
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
Halliday Wine Companion

2020 Top 100 - "Quite what a classy Yarra Valley cabernet-dominant blend (4/3/3/2% petit verdot/malbec/merlot/cabernet franc) is doing at this price is beyond me. It is elegant, medium bodied and finely structured, the suite of red/blackcurrant fruits given 12 months in French oak (20% new)." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

93Points
The Wine Front

"So often excellent value. Medium-bodied, nutty with a slight liquorice edge, blackcurrant and redcurrant, supple tannin, maybe even ripe raspberry. Lovely balance and juiciness to it, even-tempered and excellent to drink. Almost like a Cabernet Franc in its lightness and hedgerow perfumed appeal. Hard not to think this is not only excellent drinking, but something of a bargain too." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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Great value

Very good Yarra Valley Cab Sauv - extremely good value - Bold, juicy 'forest' berries, complexity will further develop. Great now with beef or lamb or give it some more time in the cellar!

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Delicious cabernet

This is a medium bodied utterly delicious cabernet. Its a bottle that keeps inviting you back for another glass

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