Dominique Portet

+61 (3) 5962 5760 870 Maroondah Highway
Coldstream, 3770
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The Portet family holds possibly an unmatched record in the Australian wine industry. Dominique is the ninth generation in his family to be committed to winemaking, yet he is the first to establish a winery and label bearing the family name. The son of André Portet, régisseur (vineyard & winery manager) of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild in Pauillac, Dominique’s training began at one of the world’s most illustrious red wine properties. He was uniquely qualified at the Montpellier University of Oenology and during a compulsory one year military service was the legions wine purchasing adviser. With each French soldier receiving his daily wine ration, the army’s morale was at stake. Further enhancing his qualifications, Dominique spent vintages in the Médoc, the Rhone Valley, Provence and with world Champagne giant Moët et Chandon. Dominique was inclined to join his brother Bernard at his winery Clos du Val in the Napa Valley of California where he would spend three vintages, and at the same time commencing Read more »

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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Rochford Winery hosts the biggest annual concert event in the Yarra Valley, A ... wines of Domaine Chandon or Dominique Portet, so it is hard to recommend with this pricetag. Drink now. 87.Rochford Riesling 2010, Yarra Valley$27 at cellar door. Don’t see too much Riesling from the Yarra Valley. A small batch wine with 50-100 dozen produced dep... Read More

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  • Dominique Portet Champagne Blend Yarra Valley Brut Rose Ld NV


    AUD$24. A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this is a simple straight-forward sparkling wine that passes for a no-brainer in terms of casual drinking. Salmon colour or given its French heritage il de perdrix, coarse mousse texture, it exudes aromas of red berries and red currants. 13% alc. Very taut on the palate, clean flavours and finishes d... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang

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  • Dominique Portet Pinot Noir Yarra Valley 2005


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    Wine review by foofe

  • Heathcote Shiraz 2004


    A decent bottle but probably rather young at the moment (Aug 2007). Not a great deal of complexity but what comes through is a hot, jammy flavour with fairly powerful alcohol (14.5%) perhaps masking underlying fruits. Read More

    Wine review by Leslie Cuthbert


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