Dominique Portet Fontaine Rosé 2019YARRA VALLEY, VIC Add to Wishlist
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The gentle caress of the Yarra Valley’s cooler climate takes supremely elegant shape in this rosé from international winemaking royalty Dominique Portet. Through the sunny nooks and shaded crannies of the rolling hills, chill air and soft breezes twist the likes of Shiraz and Cabernet into refined, statuesque expressions of their classically bolder selves. This rosé, plucked from the minds of legendary vintner Dominique and his 10th-generation winemaker son Ben, illustrates what’s possible when a reverence for Bordeaux meets modern sensibilities and a veritable ocean of talent, skill, and experience. A complex triad of hand-picked Merlot, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon, the Fontaine Rosé marries the heady floral bouquet of a wildflower field in the summer heat with peppery snap and unexpected raspberry depth.
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A salmon-hued sensation with intoxicatingly floral aromas and a zing of spicy pepper, underpinned by raspberry heft and a deliciously dark spot of blackberry
Briefly press pause on the vino, and take a jaunt along the Yarra Valley’s Cider and Ale Trail, which highlights the region’s centuries-old relationship with the hop
On a warm evening, with anything from a light salad to fried chicken, while you watch the sky morph from gold to blood-orange to
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