Young and vibrant shiraz aged in French oak to discreetly soften tannins and allow the Pyrenees fruit to come to the fore. The vineyard is low yielding at 1.8 tonne per acre, everything in the vineyard is completed at the highest level with select bunch thining, picking by hand,and essentially dry grown.
The full tonnage is harvested with selected parcels being put into a varied oak regime to mature. The final blend is a selection of individual barrels. Generous value for money,an excellent choice for Victorian wine by the glass. A traditional French approach to respect the sunbathed Australian fruit.
Vincent Gere was the Chief Winemaker of Blue Pyrenees Estate and is director of the Cognacs and Estates of Rémy Martin. His father Henri Gere was the Cellarmaster of several Chateaux in Medoc, Pontet-Canet, Malescasse and Lafon Rochet. Together they planned Dellys, one vineyard in Australia, one vineyard in France.
Dellys has a double history. Dellys was named after the “Dallys” cottage, the old coach stop during the gold rush near the Gere’s vineyards in Australia. “Dellys” was also the name of the Garnier family property in the ancient wine region of Kabylie.
The Australian vineyard of Dellys is located in the region of Australia that Vincent Gere knows best thanks to his experience as Chief Winemaker at Australia’s Blue Pyrenees Estate, where he developed the wines over 12 years. Naturally, in Australia, Vincent chose the Pyrenees wine region in Western Victoria. Dellys Australian property in Avoca is very near Blue Pyrenees Estate, on the slopes towards the south east. During the gold rush nearly 150 years ago, the geologists and gold diggers understood that the gold nuggets could only be found in the layers from the secondary era. Only the very deep soils allow the root system of the vines to develop and extract the rare nutrients. The red clay, metamorphised in red stones is terrific for the Shiraz of course but also for Cabernet Sauvignon.