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2015 De Bortoli Deen Vat 7 Chardonnay

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Named after the founder of De Bortoli Wines, this brightly styled Chardonnay out of the Riverina shows smells and tastes of stone fruits, citrus and dairy all wrapped up in fresh acidity and a soft, velvety texture leading to an easy-going finish. Chill it down and enjoy as a mid-week quaffer.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Pale straw in colour.

Bouquet: Lifted nose of white peach, with cashew and subtle vanilla oak characters adding complexity.

Palate: A medium-bodied richly textured Chardonnay, with tight acidity holding it all together for a long finish.

Vintage conditions: Fresh early January rains prepared vines for what was to be a mild & then dry Riverina vintage. The cooler temps allowed for great depth in pungent fruit aromas and allowed the retention of natural acid in most varieties. Quality is well above average.

Winemaking: 70% of fruit grown by De Bortoli in Riverina from the Nericon Vineyard planted to Chardonnay back in 1993. Blended with one other local Riverina grower whose vines were planted back in '78. Fruit is harvested at night, pressed and left to settle until the next day. Some of the juice is pressed straight to barrel for a natural ferment. Warm fermentation & extended lees contact help give a wine full of flavour and texture. No preservatives such as SO2 are added until bottling. 70% of wine has gone through MLF naturally and mostly in barrel.

Cellaring: This wine will develop in the bottle over the next 5 years.

Food match: These more full-bodied styles match well with:
Creamy pasta - white wine and cream sauces; mushroom risotto
Chicken - grilled chicken; chicken caesar salad
Hard cheeses - parmesan; roumano; vintage gouda

Additional information: Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians.

Alc/vol: 12.4%

expert reviews about

2015 De Bortoli Deen Vat 7 Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Everyday chardonnay with a lift of peach blossom and a hint of butterscotch in a restrained, dry and fruit-focused style with a lingering finish and even a dash of minerality.
Wine100 2011
90
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
88
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
2011
Australian Wine Companion 2012
89
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Has that extra bit of elegance that lifts it out of the ruck, some oak maturation adding to the texture, not the flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
88
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Pleasant melon and peach fruit with subliminal oak; good balance, and even better value.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
87
Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
"Too often it's all about fruit at the shallow end of the Chardonnay pool. De Bortoli pushes the boat out to hitherto uncharted territory at this price, with a wine built on texture and leesy complexity instead of overt fruit. With a fresh, lively finish and lingering lemon flavours, it's brilliant value."
WBM100 from 2007
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Tangy, citrus edges to melon and nectarine aromas; slight sweetness on the palate in deference to the market; yellow tail style, but a good one.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
86
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
83
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; there is some complexity and style to the bouquet, triggered by the first stages of bottle development; flows easily across the tongue, with a fruit-driven range of ripe melon, nectarine and peach. Excellent value.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
85
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; the bouquet is gently complex with mineral/earthy overtones to gentle fruit and subtle oak. The palate is smooth, with gentle peach/nectarine flavours, and has some length.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
87
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the bouquet is fairly straightforward, not showing a great deal of fruit or excitement, but the tangy palate comes as a surprise. A wine with length and some style, particularly at the price.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
83

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