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2014 De Bortoli Deen Vat 9 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Looking for a soft easy drinking Cabernet Sauvignon? Then look no further than this fleshy wine. Blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, with some balancing tannins – a true Aussie BBQ red.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Deep red with crimson hues.

Bouquet: Blackcurrant, hints of liquorice and chocolate.

Palate: Distinctive blackcurrant fruit, hints of liquorice and earthy notes combined with chocolate oak produce this fulfilling wine that leaves you with fine tannin and a lingering fruit finish.

Vintage conditions: A terrific season throughout Victoria with relatively warm, dry conditions and balanced crops.

Winemaking: Monitoring of the vineyards allowed the winemaker to pick the fruit when flavours reached their peak. Average 7 days on skins at 25.0-30.0°C and 100% Malolactic Fermentation.

Food match: These full bodied wine styles match well with:
Red meats - T-Bone steaks; stews; lamb shanks
Italian food - Meatier sauces; osso bucco; chicken cacciatore

Alc/vol: 13.0%

expert reviews about

2014 De Bortoli Deen Vat 9 Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

The Wine Front (2012 Vintage) says
The “Deen” reds are all good but this Vat 9 cabernet is the biscuit – as they say.
This far out-shines its asking price. Curranty fruit, highlights of violets, excellent balance, a sure line of acidity and firm-ish, mouth-puckering tannin. Textbook early-drinking cabernet. You could even cellar it medium-term, if you so desired.
2013 - 2019
Campbell Mattinson
92
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Bright colour; has all the expected aroma and flavour characteristics of good cabernet sauvignon, and punches way about its price; the problem is that not many will accord it the respect it deserves for its cassis, black olive, plum fruit and savoury tannins. 13.5% alc.
To 2017
Dec 2013/ Jan 2014
89
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple; the skill and attention to detail of the De Bortoli winemaking team has never been in question, but it has risen above itself with this wine; it has clear blackcurrant/cassis fruit on the bouquet and medium-bodied palate alike, with cedary/spicy oak (of whatever origin) also contributing to the package.
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
90
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
A sub-$10 cabernet loaded with another five years of cellaring potential! Vat 9 is an enticing and definitive Limestone Coast cabernet sauvignon, loaded with menthol, mint, red- and blackcurrants.
Crunchy acidity and firm, fine tannins will benefit from a few years to integrate.
89
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Light purple-red; part of a consistent portfolio of wines that handsomely over-deliver at their price; only light-bodied, but does have good varietal character, and a gently savoury, not sweet, finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
88
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Good colour; a very well made wine at this price point, with plenty of blackcurrant and plum fruit supported by soft, fine tannins.
To 2013
Australian Wine Companion 2011
87
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Exotic and spicy, this is a plush, ripe wine with dark berry compote, cassis, sweet ripe plums and plum pudding spice, all wrapped in fine tannins. Great Value
WBM Wine 100 2010
91
Campbell Mattinson (2008 Vintage) says
"The De Bortoli Vat Series has been outstanding value for years ... and here it goes again.
Straggering, really. No apologies for the rating here; it's a darn good wine, full stop. It's got power and structure, good ripe flavour and varietal integrity to boot. It tastes and acts as a cabernet should with flavours of blackcurrant, bay leaf and some dust-like notes, and is persistent through the finish. Cracking stuff."
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/2011
89
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Has more depth and weight than many at or near this price point; blackcurrant- and fine tannins are varietal.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
87
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
"There's no mistaking that this wine is made entirely from Coonawarra fruit. Its red berry and capsicum flavours parade its regionality on its sleeve. With integrated tannins and a soft finish, it's drinking beautifully now. Loads of cabernet bang for not many bucks."
WBM100, October 2007
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Has well above-average fruit structure and varietal character in its price category; good tannins, and a touch of oak. Great value.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
88
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
84
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Lots of cassis blackberry fruit; good structure; seriously good wine for $11 or less.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
87

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