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2014 De Bortoli Windy Peak Shiraz

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

This is right in the slot - still young but just showing the benefits of bottle ageing. Savoury, satin like with some spicy dark fruits - made to please.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Deep red with purple edge.

Bouquet: Ripe dark fruit aromas with fragrance, spice, plum and black pepper.

Palate: Plump dark fruits, terrific concentration, gently layered flavours, fine tannin, soft finish.

Vintage conditions: A terrific season in Heathcote with warm, dry conditions and balanced crops.

Winemaking: Fruit is grown in some of the oldest soils on the planet. Deep red Cambrian volcanic soil mottled with limestone. Fruit is sourced from carefully selected parcels of Shiraz grown on the red volcanic soils of Northern Heathcote. Fruit is harvested at 14.0-14.5 baume to achieve a balance of fruit ripeness and balanced acidity. Grapes are de-stemmed and crushed into both static and rotary fermenters. The resultant wine is then fermented for up to two weeks on skins prior to pressing and racking. A third of the blend is matured for 5 months in older casks and the remainder stays in tank for freshness and brightness.

Cellaring: Terrific now or enjoy over the next four to six years.

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

Additional information: Suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2014 De Bortoli Windy Peak Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
Wham bam, thank you m'am (or sir); this is outrageously good value, loaded with truckloads of black fruits and soft, chewy tannins. As good today as it will be in a decade.
Drink by 2026
90
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
An unabashed dip of that hat towards the Beaujolais and Northern Rhône wines that ooze fragrance and appeal; this is an amazing wine for the money. Super-fragrant sweet floral notes, plenty of sweet spice, an immensely juicy palate, really tangy ripe strawberry and cherry fruit flavours and a lingering smooth, fine tannin glide. Could even be chilled - have no fear; relax and embrace the joy! Delicious stuff.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
91
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
"Spicy-sweet style in the lighter vein, a nice line of savoury fruit leading to firm-ish, chewy tannins. Made for the table. Attractive minerality. Bang on..."
The Winefront Red Issue, April 2007
85
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
84

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