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An extraordinary New World benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon that rivals the best of Bordeaux. Crafted by legendary vintner Dominique Portet and his winemaker son Ben, the Fontaine is a simultaneous ode to the elegance and complexity of French wine and the cool-climate beauty of its Australian brethren the Yarra Valley. In the 2019, a predominance of Cabernet Sauvignon meets touches of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec — all hand-picked and hand-sorted — to form a rare beauty marked by plush softness and evocative bursts of raspberry, deep plum, and dusty cedar.
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).
Expect to find
Bordeaux as seen through a New World lens. Evocative, intoxicating hits of redcurrant and raspberry blanketed in dusty softness and entwined with a well-integrated layer of toasty cedar
For extra French flair, grab a bite at Dominique Portet’s charming on-site bistro.
Drink now or by 2034.
With a thick slab of indulgent dark chocolate
Old World royalty on an Aussie throne
If there’s such a thing as winemaking royalty, Dominique Portet has a solid claim to the throne. The son of a former vineyard manager at the esteemed Château Lafite-Rothschild, he’s a classically trained oenologist with experience spanning both Old World and New — Provence, the Rhône Valley, Napa Valley, a stint at Champagne titan Moët et Chandon — who, back in the ‘70s, set out on a mission to find a wine region to rival his beloved Bordeaux.
After searching the world over, he made his home amongst the green vines and gentle hills of the Yarra Valley, where he promptly set himself up as the region’s preeminent cool-climate pioneer. Dominique now works alongside his son — 10th-generation winemaker Ben, a wildly accomplished vintner in his own right — at his namesake establishment, creating structured, worldly wines reminiscent of Bordeaux and worthy of the Portet family’s remarkable pedigree.
International winemaking royalty
10 generations of prestige and pedigree
Structured, award-winning Yarra Valley wines influenced by Bordeaux