You would have heard us bang on a lot about the importance of site in crafting truly great wines, well that is a great place to start when talking about the wines from Yarra Valley’s Denton. John and Simon Denton’s estate, which is pictured above, is perched on a dramatic granite outcrop on the border of Coldstream and the Yarra Valley. I am just going to go ahead and call it the Yarra’s own Corton Hill.
John Denton, a celebrated architect, bought the property back in 1996 and in the early days winemakers of the ilk of Mac Forbes, Bill Downie and Barney Flanders, who shared the Denton’s excitement by this dramatic site, all crafted wines from the estate.
For one reason or another things didn’t quite gel early on at the estate, but they came sharply back into focus when Luke Lambert joined the team and eventually became the sole winemaker Denton. Luke may have come for the plantings of Nebbiolo early on, but today he brings his significant talents to the full suite of wines. This is a 20 year old estate that today feels fresh faced and exciting.
For those not familiar with Luke’s wines, he has a talent for producing wines that balance on a knife’s edge between nervy acidity, sinewy texture and understated power. He had a deep understanding of the Yarra and its many terroirs, and this is brilliantly on show with the wines he makes at Denton.
Today, we are excited to offer out the latest and greatest Chardonnays, which I think are absolutely firing on all cylinders. The 2019 vintage saw the gentle kiss of the sun, but Lambert has produced two wines of wonderful balance, freshness and intensity. The Shed release is summed up succinctly by Campbell Mattinson who calls it ‘impeccable’, while the View Hill Chardonnay, sourced from the cooler North Eastern Slope of the hill, dazzles with its granitic minerality and lithe mouthfeel.