The Dominique Portet Fontaine Cabernet Sauvignon is another beautifully approachable yet complex example of Yarra Valley Cabernet that delivers the exceptional value for money we’ve come to expect from Portet’s Fontaine label. A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Malbec and a dash of Petit Verdot, all grapes we picked and sorted by hand. The grapes were then destemmed, and gently crushed before fermenting them at relatively cool temperatures – in order to highlight the beautiful aromatics of the Cabernet.
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. It was the culmination of a tenacious search for grapegrowing terroir to rival that of his native Bordeaux – but also the start of a new chapter in a winemaking story that has its roots in France in the early 1700s.
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Dominique’s son Ben – generation 10 – heads the winemaking team, firmly observing the central tenets of this young yet historic estate.