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 DM Denton View Hill. Our winemakers are four of the leading young winemakers in Victoria who each make one wine for our DM label.

CURRENT WINES

2013 Denton
DM’ Pinot Noir

Winemaker – William Downie

Our Pinot Noir comes from close planted MV6 clone planted at the top of the hill on a north-east facing slope. Cropping is at 5 tonnes per hectare.

Tasting Notes:
Solid red with purple edges, it’s sappy and earthy on the nose with lovely dense cherry fruit & layers of spice. Tannins add to a chewy texture with good length. Will still get better. Drink with roast duck legs and braised purple cabbage.

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2013 Denton
DM’ Chardonnay

Winemaker – Mac Forbes

Our Chardonnay comes from close planted gin gin clone planted at the top of the hill on an east to north- east facing slope. Cropping is at 5 tonnes per hectare.

Tasting Notes:
Lemony with crisp acidity, stone fruits and elegance. A touch of mealyness adds complexity with excellent texture and length. Drink with smoked trout salad.

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2013 Denton
DM’ Shiraz

Winemaker – Barnaby Flanders

Our Shiraz comes from PT23 clone planted on the warm north-west facing slopes of the hill. Cropping is at 7 tonnes per hectare.

Tasting Notes:
Crimson and purple this has a fragrant lifted nose with dried herbs, spice and undergrowth. The palate is medium bodied with black cherry fruit, fine tannin, spicy notes and it keeps going. Drink with a scotch fillet steak sandwich.

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2011 Denton
DM’ Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker – Mac Forbes

Our Cabernet Sauvignon comes from LC10 clone planted on warm northwest facing slopes of the hill. Cropping is at 7 tonnes per hectare.

Tasting Notes:
Bright purple, red cedar, tobacco and spice on the nose. Black and red fruits on the palate with excellent structure from supple tannins and lovely palate weight. Long finish. Drink with Grilled lamb cutlets.

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2015 Releases

2015 Denton Shed
Pinot Noir

Winemaker – Luke Lambert

Tasting Notes:
Fresh and bright in the glass. Earthy, mushroomy and savoury characters on the nose with good structure and more dense cherry fruit. Chewy texture and some nice tannins to finish. Drink with Stracci pasta with mushrooms and herbs

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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.

Contact Us

Left to right: Barney Flanders, Luke Lambert,
Mac Forbes (missing), Bill Downie

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    5/185 Flinders Lane
    Melbourne Victoria 3000

Contact/delivery

 
Bottle price
 
Quantity
(cases)

2011 DM

Cabernet Sauvignon
$38.00
6 x 38 = $228.00

2013 DM

Pinot Noir
$43.00
6 x 43 = $258.00
Shiraz
$38.00
6 x 38 = $228.00
Chardonnay
$38.00
6 x 38 = $228.00

2015 Denton Shed

Pinot Noir
$30.00
12 x 30 = $360.00
Cabernet Franc
$30.00
12 x 30 = $360.00
Chardonnay
$30.00
12 x 30 = $360.00
 
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Delivery

  • 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
    • Elsewhere: Contact us for a quote
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