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.
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.
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.Place Order
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.Place Order
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.Place Order
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.Place Order
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.
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.
We also have limited amounts of older vintages. Please enquire for details.Contact Us