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2014 De Bortoli Deen Vat 8 Shiraz

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Cracka Review

A multi-regional blend, this is such a pleasurable bargain wine. It's simple, earthy and flavoursome - the perfect sort of medium-bodied wine for drinking without thinking and enjoying just how good it is for the price. 5 stars for value!

Winemaker's Notes

Region: South Eastern Australia - Riverina (50%), Heathcote (43%), Murray Darling (6%), Yarra Valley (1%).

Appearance: Intense maroon filling out to a violet rim.

Bouquet: This wine shows brooding concentrations of plums and blackberry accompanying a white pepper and savoury finish.

Palate: Ripe and generous dark forest fruits creates this opulent textured style. The palate has supple vanilla tones with a backdrop of oak showing burnt chocolate. A balanced wine of soft tannins with lifted notes of pepper and spice filling the mouth providing a smooth mellow generous finish.

Vintage conditions: Good winter rains followed by a warm growing season led to good yields of fruit. A hot beginning to the harvest period accelerated the ripening with frantic harvesting ensuring the fruit was picked with the ideal flavour spectrum.

Winemaking: The vineyards are monitored and selected by the winemaker for their rich fruit flavours, with generous colour. Fruit is then harvested when both flavour and sugar balance were at a optimum. Fruit was cold soaked and fermented at 22 - 30°C for an average seven days. Wine spent twelve months in American oak barriques with 15% in new oak.

Cellaring: Excellent to drink now or will give complexity with short term cellaring for up to five years.

Food match: This full bodied wine style matches well with:
Red meats - T-Bone steaks; stews; lamb shanks

Alc/vol: 14.25%

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2014 De Bortoli Deen Vat 8 Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
For those who read the tea leaves of wine shows, and their results, gold medals in Vienna and Berlin. plus a silver at Rutherglen make sense for a $13 wine that has kept remarkably fresh colour and red fruit flavours; as if this were not enough, it has very good tannin and oak inputs.
To 2019
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Value Wine of the Week
"An altogether superior wine at this price point; the palate is light- to medium-bodied, but the black fruits have good texture, reflecting 12 months in older oak."
Australian Wine Companion, November 2010
89
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
As always, over-delivers at its price point; bright plum and blackberry fruit, with a pleasing savoury twist on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
87
Campbell Mattinson (2007 Vintage) says
"This is so plump and flavoursome that you'd describe it almost as 'rich'. It's way better than the price would suggest. Excellent freshness and vitality. Plummy, minty, vanillin and oak-influenced - but not overly so. Has length and structure and is satisfying to the last drop. It's not big or bruising but it's very good."
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
90
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
If ever there was an argument in favour of the blending of grapes from many different regions, this is it (well, and Grange, of course). It's almost impossible to do a wine this good, at this price, in any other way. This is so plump and flavoursome that you'd describe it almost as 'rich'. It's way better than the price would suggest. Excellent freshness and vitality. Plummy, minty, vanillin and oak-influenced - but not overly so. Has length and structure and is satisfying to the last drop. It's not big or bruising but it's very good.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
90
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Abundant plum and blackberry fruit on both bouquet and palate; slightly chippy/charry oak doesn't spoil the party; quite complex and well priced. Surprise gold-medal winner, Sydney Wine Show '08.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied, with good balance and line; blackberry and plum fruit uncomplicated by 12 months in oak; utterly exceptional value. Gold medal Sydney Wine Show '07.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
Peter Forrestal (2004 Vintage) says
I found this a bit shy on the nose but love the fleshiness of the palate and its red cherry, dark plum flavours. Easy to drink.
Quaff 2007 2006
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Punches way above its price weight; plenty of black fruits and supporting oak; good structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
86
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2002 Vintage) says
The winemakers have been a bit heavy-handed on the charry oak here but it is matched by good depth of flavour and some richness. There are heaps of tannins and the finish will be a touch firm for some. Better with food, of course, and it will be admired by those who love lashings of oak.
Quaff 2005 2004

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