2019 Dominique Portet Origine Chardonnay

Yarra Valley, VIC

Complex Chardonnay with lime, citrus and stonefruit with a delicious lick of reductive gun smoke.



There’s a whole lot going on here and it’s très smart. Outstanding value.

Aaron Brasher (The Real Review)

About The Wine

This comes from a single site in the Upper Yarra, three hundred metres off the Valley floor where the vines enjoy cooler nights and a lengthened growing season.

The fruit is picked relatively early in order to capitalise on that inherent freshness and to preserve a citrus driven fruit profile with lime and stone fruit in the background. Deft handling of lees and French puncheons adds texture and this is simply another great chardonnay.

The Portets showing their expertise in the region once again.

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
Additional Info

From The Producer

Ninth-generation winemaker Dominique Portet chose the cool climate of aptly named Coldstream in the Yarra Valley as home to the eponymous winery he founded in 2000. Now son Ben – generation 10 – heads the winemaking team, firmly observing the central tenets of this young yet historic estate: respect for tradition, understanding of site and an open mind towards contemporary practices that shape wines that are ever more refined and delicious.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2029
Bottle Size : 750ml

Founder Dominique Portet
Founder Dominique Portet
Yarra Valley, Vic
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Real Review

"Lifted, layered and complex aromas of grapefruit pith, struck-match, bacon fat, grilled nuts and nougat. The palate delivers big time: stone fruit, melon, nutty, mealy, minerally, textured and layered. There's a whole lot going on here and it's tres smart. Outstanding value."- Aaron Brasher (The Real Review)

Halliday Wine Companion

"Hand-picked, chilled, whole-bunch pressed, fermented in French puncheons (40% new), matured for 9 months. Gleaming straw-green; a perfectly pitched chardonnay, the fruit midway between stone fruit and citrus, the oak largely absorbed by the fruit, providing texture as much as flavour."- James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Real Review

"Lifted, layered and complex aromas of grapefruit pith, struck-match, bacon fat, grilled nuts and nougat. The palate delivers big time: stone fruit, melon, nutty, mealy, minerally, textured and layered. There’s a whole lot going on here and it’s très smart. Outstanding value." - Aaron Brasher (The Real Review)


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