Posted: 15 Apr 2014

De Bortoli’s Steve Webber reveals
his top five wines of all time

Winemaker Steve Webber is a lucky bloke, having tasted many of the world’s finest wines.

But the creative force behind De Bortoli’s Yarra Valley Estate still prefers Aussie drops. Here are his top five wines of all time (with a few overseas interlopers at the end).

1. Leo Buring DWC17 Eden Valley Riesling (1973)

First truly great Australian wine I tried. My first wine job was a cellar hand at Leo Buring and these wines were reverred at the time. Interestingly this is one of the wines that I still think the world of. Haven’t tried it for years. John Vickery made it – serious wine legend!

2. Gembrook Hill Pinot Noir (2006)

Gembrook Hill is a vineyard with a little bit of magic. The Marks family has been cultivating these vineyards in Gembrook since the late 60’s. The Sauvignon and Chardonnay are also rockstars so it must be special dirt. If you asked most winemakers in the Valley what they drink, it would be Gembrook. I could have chosen any vintage of this wine.

3. Armand Rousseau Chambertin (1990)

Pinot from god. I have had this wine often over the years. The most special moment was a lovely lunch at Ma Cuisine in Beaune with Leanne, Bill Downie and Rachel Needoba (fellow Yarra Valley winemakers). We had it as a pair with the 1990 Rousseau Clos de Beze. Seem to recall a cheeky Coche-Dury the same day.

4. JL Chave Hermitage (1989)

Ultra fine Syrah. Family owned domain since 1481 – says it all. Had this a few times as well, mostly from magnum. We used to have a grand cru get together each year with Yarra wine friends and this bobbed up a few times at those naughty lunches.

5. Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Champagne (1996)

Chardonnay in top form. Leanne and I vaccumed this after her final session of radiotherapy a few years ago. All is still good with her health – we put it down to the Salon.

Want to find out more about Steve’s winemaking? Check out De Bortoli Yarra Valley, a proud sponsor of Five of the Best.

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