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2015 De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay

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Fresh and juicy is the theme with this bonny little Chardy made from fruit out of the Riverina and King Valley. Smells of peaches, lemons, melons and creaminess decorate the nose, whilst the palate is lighter-bodied and very lightly-oaked, with bright citrusy flavours, a tickle of sweetness, a velvety mouthfeel, and a decent, tidy finish. A true bargain!

Winemaker's Notes

Region Riverina.

Appearance Very pale straw with a green tinge.

Bouquet Tight, fresh pear with stone fruit, and balanced with a subtle hint of oak.

Palate This wine displays early picked peach and melon notes carried on a weighty palate, culminating in a fresh and crisp finish.

Suggested Cuisine Grilled salmon or roast chicken.

General Characteristics Medium Dry / Medium Bodied

Cellaring Made for immediate enjoyment but will improve over the next 2-3 years

Vintage Conditions Fresh early January rains prepared vines for what was to be a mild and 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 Fruit classification was based on those vineyards showing flavour expression characteristic of Sacred Hill quality. Healthy balanced vineyards profiling fresh stone fruits and a natural acidity were chosen for this wine style. This wine was fermented cool over a two week period. Selected parcels were fermented with the inclusion of French oak staves. Once fermentation was complete exceptional wines were matured on fine yeast lees over four months to build palate weight.

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2015 De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Bright, light green-gold, from whence I don't know.  Yet another your de force from De Bortoli, with melon and yellow peach fruit making oak totally unnecessary.
Wine Companion 2012
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
An amalgam of Victorian chardonnay delivered as a quite complex style for the price point, this has some lees and white nougat, honeysuckle and fresh-cut pear, melon and light stone fruits. The palate has smooth, supple texture and crisp, bright peach and pear fruit flavours - nicely balanced and beautifully delivered. Outclasses many wines a twice or three times the price!
The Good Wine Guide 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Stone fruits and a touch of spice; clean, fresh, focused and zesty on the finish; outstanding value.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009

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