View Hill
Vineyard

Welcome to John and Simon Denton’s Vineyard. Our vineyard, located in the Yarra Valley, is on a fabulous site with great aspect for grapes and with wonderful views of the whole valley. View Hill is an isolated hill in the middle of the Yarra Valley on the north side of the Yarra River. It exists because it is a granite ‘plug’ from the late Devonian Age [370 million years ago], sitting above the surrounding softer sandstones and siltstones of the Valley. James Halliday says of the vineyard, the ‘granite base is most unusual in the Yarra Valley, and together with the natural amphitheatre that the plug created, has consistently produced exceptional grapes.’

We love the valley because it feels like a valley with a real sense of containment unlike say much of the Hunter Valley and most other grape growing areas.

Set on 60 hectares of land (150 acres) the vineyard covers 32 hectares (80 acres) planted in three stages between 1997 and 2004.

From our hilltop we can see most valley vineyards from Ronnie Di Stasios’ high on the hills to the south-east to Mount Mary to the south-west and De Bortoli to the north and all in between – Tarrawarra, Oakridge, Domain Chandon, Yarra Yering, Coldstream Hills, Medhurst, Giant Steps and many others.

We have been growing grapes here since 1996 and making small quantities of wine for nine years. From 2004 – 2008 we experimented with wine styles / alcohol levels etc (with all the vineyard variations of pruning methodologies – shoot and bunch thinning, leaf to bunch ratios, leaf plucking etc, etc) to arrive at the optimum grape outcomes from the vineyard to give our winemakers the best material to work with.

Due to the bushfires and associated smoke taint we made no wine in 2009, and from 2010 we have released wine we are happy with. James Halliday has classified the vineyard as five star outstanding. We can only improve from there!

We have been selling our wine into Restaurants and better Wine Merchants for a while now so you can find our wines from time to time on lists at Vue du Monde, Coda + Tonka, Comme, Taxi, Longrain, Maha, Movida, Healesville Hotel and others and of course Izakaya Den and Hihou, as well as selected specialist liquor stores like Rathdowne Cellars.

The Wines

The idiosyncratic image on the wine label comes from a painting created in 1886 called Sympathy by a great, great [great] uncle, Charles Douglas Richardson. Whilst our second label is called Shed Wine for our premium label it is merely Denton. Our winemaker Luke Lambert is one of the leading young winemakers in Victoria.

DENTON WINES

2014 Denton
Nebbiolo

Winemaker – Luke Lambert

This wine is sourced from a single block within the Denton Vineyard.

Unique for the Yarra Valley, the Denton vineyard is a granite outcrop full of large granite boulders under granitic sand. This vineyard always contributes plenty of bright red fruit and floral perfume along with gun-flint, graphite characters typical of a granitic soil profile. 120 metres altitude. North West facing slope.

Destemmed, wild yeast fermented and held on skins for 30 days with submerged cap. No temperature control. Frequent pump overs and plunging, gentle air inclusion. Pressed to barrel (500l – 29 year old puncheons). Left unsulfured for 18 months in oak prior to bottling without fining or filtration.

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2015 Denton
Pinot Noir

Winemaker – Luke Lambert

Sourced from our high density MV6 Pinot Noir block. High on the Northeast facing slope of Denton View Hill. This block always carries the most muscle and power while holding it’s freshness and perfume which is the feature of our granitic soils.

20% Whole bunches were included in the fermentation. Wild yeast fermented in open pots with gentle plunging. Held on skins for 3 weeks before pressing to French oak (15% new) for 12 months before bottling without fining or filtration.

An excellent season with mild, soft sunlight ripening our Pinot slowly. Medium weight with subtle power of black fruit and cherry, rhubarb and rose petal lift. A wine that needs extended decanter time and a big burgundy shaped glass.

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2015 Denton
Chardonnay

Winemaker – Luke Lambert

Sourced from the top section of the North Eastern slope of the Denton View Hill, our high density Chardonnay always provides wine with greater drive and structure than the lower slopes.

Whole bunch pressed older French oak barriques for wild yeast ferment and wild malo-lactic fermentation (100%). No temperature control used. Left on full lees with occasional stirring for 12 months. Bottled without fining or filtration.

This close planted Chardonnay block gives maximum fruit power while holding high natural acidity and clean, mineral texture. A muscular but lithe combination of stone fruit, citrus and granitic, charry lift. Decant before serving in large Burgundy glasses.

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Denton Shed Wines

2016 Denton Shed
Pinot Noir

Winemaker – Luke Lambert

Sourced from the cooler North Eastern slope of the Denton View Hill. 30% Whole bunches were included in the fermentation. Wild yeast fermented in open pots with gentle plunging. Held on skins for 2 weeks before pressing to old French oak for 5 months and early bottling in Spring without fining or filtration.

A fully, riper and more fruit driven wine than previous Shed Pinots. Early picking ensured good perfume and a wine in the darker, black fruit spectrum, orange rind, rhubarb and aniseed.

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2015 Denton Shed
Chardonnay

Winemaker – Luke Lambert

Tasting Notes:
Slightly cloudy with a pale yellow/green colour this wine has a distinct savoury, mineral nose with hints of grapefruit. On the palate it’s full of citrus including lemon, lime and grapefruit with bright acid and a lovely creamy savoury finish. Drink with some baked hapuka, tofu and yuzu miso.

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2015 Denton Shed
Cabernet Franc

Winemaker – Luke Lambert

Tasting Notes:
Bright blueberry / purple colour, lifted aromatics with bright acid and good structure. Mainly red fruits with a little black fruit and spice coming through,the palate weight gives a lovely balance of fruit and freshness. Drink with Japanese Beef Curry.

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Older Vintages

We also have limited amounts of older vintages. Please enquire for details.

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Bottle price
 
Quantity
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Denton

2014 Nebbiolo
$48.00
6 x 48 = $288.00
2015 Pinot Noir
$42.00
6 x 42 = $252.00
2015 Chardonnay
$38.00
6 x 38 = $228.00

Denton Shed

2015 Cabernet Franc
$30.00
12 x 30 = $360.00
2015 Chardonnay
$30.00
12 x 30 = $360.00
2016 Pinot Noir
$30.00
12 x 30 = $360.00
 
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  • We can only deliver multiples of 6 bottles of each type for the 2010’s or 12 bottles for the 2013’s.
  • Delivery is available:

    • Melbourne: $5.00 per 6 pack
      (Free delivery for 1 dozen or more)
    • Sydney: $15.00 per case
    • Brisbane: $20.00 per case
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