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2015 De Bortoli Sacred Hill Semillon Chardonnay

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Citrusy, dry and zippy is the name of the game with this bright Semillon Chardonnay blend from the De Bortoli stable. Smells of lemons, stone fruits and cream rise from the glass, whilst the palate is lighter-bodied, fresh and fruity, with a velvety texture, a nice zip of acidity and a smooth, slightly toasty finish. Great with a seafood risotto.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Pale straw.

Bouquet: Aromas of lemon, and stone fruit with a touch of oak.

Palate: A soft, balanced wine of crisp up-front citrus flavours and a creamy oak 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: Premium parcels of local fruit were picked at peak flavour ripeness showing concentrated varietal characters. Fruit is gently pressed, naturally settled and racked to fermentation. Parcels were individually fermented on French and American oak with the Chardonnay component left to mature on yeast lees for 5 months in order to achieve palate richness. To soften the wine the Chardonnay component underwent malolactic fermentation. Both the Semillon and Chardonnay were fermented and matured on American and French oak respectively for a minimum of six weeks.

Cellaring: This wine is made for immediate consumption however can be cellared for up to two years.

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

Alc/vol: 12.0%

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2015 De Bortoli Sacred Hill Semillon Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
“You have to take your hat off to De Bortoli in its approach to the Sacred Hill range: there is always recognisable varietal character, and the wines don't rely on a generous dollop of residual sugar (the easy way out).”
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Clean, fresh and flavoursome stone fruit bouquet; vibrant and focused on the finish, with a touch of sulphidey complexity for interest
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A no-fuss wine, but has balance and length, fruit flavour rather than residual sugar. Don't worry about the points, just the price.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A well-balanced mix of peach and more tangy/citrussy fruit; has length; near-invisible oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Lively and fresh; gentle lemony nectarine mix; subliminal oak; inevitably a touch short.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Tangy and lively; sweet citrussy fruit; surprising length.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; surprisingly fragrant tangy/lemony aromas which reappear in abundance in the tangy/tropical fruit of the palate, which also has good acidity and length. Outstanding value.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002

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