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2014 De Bortoli Sacred Hill Semillon Chardonnay

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This multi-award winning drop has 9 medals under its belt! It is brimming with tropical fruit with a splash of citrus. The perfect drop to keep in the fridge.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance Pale straw with lively green hues.

Bouquet Tropical and citrus notes teamed with subtle oak.

Palate The upfront fresh fruit palate is married perfectly to the soft and approachable acidity giving length and balance to the palate.

Suggested Cuisine Seared scallops on a bed of celeriac puree and smoked speck batons.

General Characteristics Dry / Medium Bodied

Cellaring This wine is made for immediate enjoyment however, can be cellared for up to two years.

Vintage Conditions Good winter rains followed by a warm growing season lead to good yields of fruit. A hot beginning to the harvest period accelerated the ripening with frantic harvesting ensuing to pick the fruit with the ideal flavour spectrum.

Winemaking Premium parcels of local fruit were picked at peak flavour ripeness showing concentrated varietal characters. Fruit was gently pressed, naturally settled, and racked to fermentation. Parcels were fermented separately in stainless steel, with selected components on French and American oak. They remained on yeast lees for up to two weeks prior to blending with the Chardonnay component and undergoing Malolactic fermentation to enhance the texture and mid palate weight.

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2014 De Bortoli Sacred Hill Semillon Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
“You have to take your hat off to De Bortoli in its approach to the Sacred Hill range: there is always recognisable varietal character, and the wines don't rely on a generous dollop of residual sugar (the easy way out).”
85
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Clean, fresh and flavoursome stone fruit bouquet; vibrant and focused on the finish, with a touch of sulphidey complexity for interest
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
88
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A no-fuss wine, but has balance and length, fruit flavour rather than residual sugar. Don't worry about the points, just the price.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
87
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A well-balanced mix of peach and more tangy/citrussy fruit; has length; near-invisible oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
87
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Lively and fresh; gentle lemony nectarine mix; subliminal oak; inevitably a touch short.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
86
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Tangy and lively; sweet citrussy fruit; surprising length.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
87
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; surprisingly fragrant tangy/lemony aromas which reappear in abundance in the tangy/tropical fruit of the palate, which also has good acidity and length. Outstanding value.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
86

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