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2015 De Bortoli Sacred Hill Cabernet Merlot

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Now here's a good value red in a soft and fruity style that would be ideal to smash with your mates over some mid-week nachos. Plummy fruits, chocolate and dried herbs leap out of the glass, whilst the palate is medium to fuller-bodied with choc-coated plum flavours, gentle tannins and a smooth, plush finish. At this price you could keep a couple of bottles in reserve for those unexpected visitors.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Vibrant purple with deep crimson hues.

Bouquet: Engaging aromas of black currant, perfumed violets and a dash of milk chocolate.

Palate: A generous palate with layers of black and red currant fruit, soft yet structural tannins with the infusion of chocolate oak.

Vintage conditions: Fresh early January rains prepared vines for what was to be a mild & then dry Riverina vintage. The milder temperatures allowed for wonderful expression of fruit aromas and flavours and allowed the retention of natural acid in most varieties.

Winemaking: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vineyards were selected that the attributes of flavour and structure complemented each other and then monitored to select the fruit when the flavours and sugar ripeness were in balance. Fermented warmer temperatures of 24-26°C for 5-7 days to enrich the extraction of flavours and colour whilst retaining a soft tannin structure. 100% malolactic. Fermentation/Maturation with a combination of American and French oak.

Cellaring: Ready for immediate enjoyment and has cellaring potential up to 3 years.

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: 13.5%

expert reviews about

2015 De Bortoli Sacred Hill Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Sacred Hill alone is sufficient reason to never gamble on another cleanskin again.  Households all over the country are revelling in a house wine with surprising integrity of balance and varietal character. Lively redcurrants and mulberries, a fragrant violet lift, some dried herb complexity, fine tannins and even a lick of dark chocolate oak. All for less that the price of a Coke at your local servo.
Wine Taste - Edition 55
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright, light red; while unashamedly light-bodied, a very easy, juicy red berry wine; if there is a touch of sweetness on the finish, it is part of the whole.
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Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Vibrant colour; juicy young fruited style; redcurrant and a touch of cedar; clean and vibrant on the finish. Has developed a few savoury characters, which add to the interest and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
With flavours of blackcurrant, capsicum, leaf and even a note of dark chocolate lurking in the wings, there’s no mistaking that this is cab merlot – a mighty achievement for a wine that can be yours for the sum total of $4.75 at Dan Murphy’s this week. This may just be the cheapest wine worth drinking this year.
Wine Taste - Edition 22 2011
Campbell Mattinson (2007 Vintage) says
"You don't see pure fruit flavour at this price all that often. It tastes sweet and plummy with a hit of dried herbs, though there's nothing bitter here. Good drinking option."
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
De Bortoli's Yarra Valley operation has probably been Australia's most praised winery in recent years, but the head Griffith branch is worth shouting about too. You don't see pure fruit flavour at this price all that often. It tastes sweet and plummy with a hit of dried herbs, though there's nothing bitter here. Good drinking option.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Attractive, sweet juicy berry fruit has mouthfeel and an airbrush of oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Attractive sweet, juicy redcurrant fruit, bright and fresh; very good value.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; the moderately intense bouquet, spotlessly fresh and clean, has red juicy berry aromas; the palate is driven by abundant dark, juicy berry fruit with well above-average depth. Exceptional value for money.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003

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