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2015 De Bortoli La Boheme Act Four Syrah Gamay

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Gamay is usually found in the far south of Burgundy, and makes the Beaujolais wines of the region. Plantings are cropping up in Australia, and this offering from De Bortoli is certainly an easy drinking, food-friendly wine. Blended with Shiraz, it shows smells of cherry fruit, dried herbs and violet florals on the nose, whilst the palate is lighter-bodied and delicate, with spiced red berry flavours, a lick of white pepper, soft tannins, and a smooth, light finish. An awesome everyday drink.

Winemaker's Notes

Perfumed, fresh, medium weight red, delicious early drinking. A mixture of whole bunches and whole berries with some early foot stomping to create some juice to start the ‘wild’ ferment. Some additional working of the skins toward the end of fermentation. Pressed and racked to 500 litre casks for a 10 months fleshing out period.

Appearance: Deep red with purple edge

Bouquet: Perfumed, fresh, medium-weight red, delicious early drinking

Palate: Supple, textural, blueberry fruits, earth and forest, lots of spice, textural and plump

Variety: Syrah 82%, Gamay Noir 18%

Cellaring: Drink now or keep for three to four years in a good cellar

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

Additional information: Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2015 De Bortoli La Boheme Act Four Syrah Gamay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2015 Vintage) says
80/20%, hand-picked, 25% whole bunch syrah and 40% whole bunch gamay, the remainder destemmed and open-fermented, a brief period in cask. A totally delicious wine, raring for the curtain to fall so the cast can hop into it tonight, its vivid red fruits in full cry.
Drink by 2018
93
Campbell Mattinson (2015 Vintage) says
Yes. Buy and drink this. A mid-weight red that’s same same but also quite different. 82% syrah, 18% gamay. It’s a refreshing style of red but it also has the requisite guts to suit/satisfy all-comers. It’s easy to be a big fan of both this wine and of its style. It tastes of roasted nuts, cherries, meat and ripe, smooth-skinned plums, though in some ways it’s characterised most by the mouthwatering wash of herb-strewn acidity. In short, it’s absolutely tip-top tasty.
2015 - 2019
92
James Halliday (2016 Vintage) says
Syrah is the major player, as is whole bunch fermentation. The skills of the De Bortoli winemaking team in the Yarra Valley are limitless, and the team has a very large canvas on which to portray its art. This example has great colour, vibrant red fruits and a profusion of spicy/pepper notes joining hands with fine, savoury whole bunch tannins. 'Wine Bar style' they say, but a pretty snappy one.
Drink by 2020
93
Campbell Mattinson (2016 Vintage) says
Whenever I see the words De Bortoli and Gamay I’m keen for a look. Combine it with Shiraz/Syrah and we’re usually in business. Good buying and drinking to be had here. Very. It’s a ripe-but-nutty red with subtle infusions of dried herbs and plenty of mouth-puckering tannin. It’s just the kind of mid-weight, perfumed, savoury-but-not-up-itself red we all should be drinking more of. It isn’t thick or dense or syrupy and that’s a good thing on all scores. The price is extremely fair.
2016 - 2021
92
Huon Hooke (2016 Vintage) says
Deep purple/red colour, with a very appealing pepper, spice and floral bouquet. It's intense and finely crafted, lean and restrained, medium-bodied at best, with fresh acidity and delicious fruit flavours. An excellent early-drinking style of soft red.
2016 - 2024
93

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