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2016 De Bortoli Deen Vat 2 Sauvignon Blanc

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What's not to like here? It's a simple juicy mouthful of fruit really, but crafted in a fashion that is so easy to like. It's not too sweet, nor flabby, but just about right (Goldilocks style). It's never going to be called a complex wine, but what is here is all very tidy indeed.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Light straw with lovely green hues.

Bouquet: Fresh Kiwi fruit opens up to green melon and grapefruit characters.

Palate: Fruit-driven palate that is crisp & refreshing with passion fruit flavours. The finish shows silky soft acidity with great length finishing with a slight saltiness.

Vintage conditions: Warmer temperatures and above average winter–spring rains made for an early budburst. A few loads of fruit beat the late January rains but things slowed up for a week until we dried out. Perfect dry conditions followed for the rest of vintage, with the added soil moisture keeping night time temperatures lower then usual. This allowed the fruit to retain fresh acid in whites and good colour/flavour in reds. 2016 will be remembered as one of the earliest and most compressed vintages on record with harvest over mid March.

Winemaking: Over half the fruit is from select mature vineyards in the Riverina planted '79, '87, '92 which each year consistently produce aromatic & flavoursome Savvy. Remaining fruit is from the De Bortoli cooler climate vineyard in the King Valley, ideal climate for growing premium Savvy. A smidge of local Chenin Blanc is also added for interest. Wine making techniques included fermentation at elevated temperatures and fermentation with solids. These techniques improve texture and softness without sacrificing varietal expression. Wine was left on yeast lees 'Sur lie' for 3 months prior to blending. A portion of the blend (20%) was fermented in 11, 12 & 13 Year old French oak Barriques handed down from our Noble One program. Matured in barrel on yeast lees for 2 months with little to no stirring.

Cellaring: This wine will develop in the bottle over the next 2 to 3 years.

Food match: These lighter style whites have a touch of zest and herbaceous characters, they match well with:
Cooked seafood - seafood pastas and salads; grilled prawns; fish and chips; scallops
Vegetables - roast pumpkin with goats cheese; stuffed capsicum; vegetarian pastas

Alc/vol: 12.50%

expert reviews about

2016 De Bortoli Deen Vat 2 Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Fruit selection from a variety of sources has paid dividends for this supple, tropical wine, the balance of fruit, acid and a whisper of sweetness, all neatly judged.
2013
James Halliday's top value wines $20 & under
87
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
The alluring call of 2011 is loud and clear even at this measly price, beckoning with its zippy, refreshing, spice-laden allusions of lime, fennel, pink lady apple and mint.
WINE100 2012
89
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Pale straw; there is no question the cool, wet vintage favoured the aromatic white wines if disease was kept at bay; the specific sauvignon blanc yeast seems also to have helped the clear tropical gooseberry aromas and flavours, zesty acidity and the faintest touch of spritz also at work. Drink as fresh as possible.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
91
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Punches way above its price point, with clear-cut and clean varietal character in a gently tropical fruit spectrum; citrus and mineral acidity drives the finish.
2012
Australian Wine Companion 2012
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Well priced given its generous tropical/passionfruit aromas and flavours, then the crisp finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
88
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
"Where many a cheap sauvignon cops out with simple sweetness, this wine wins you over with silky, soft texture. It has classic fresh green herbs, tropical, citrus and grassy characters, bright and crunchy acidity, and a tidy resolve."
Good Wine Guide 2011
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Remarkable achievement for the region and price, with gooseberry; the special sauvignon blanc yeast developed by the AWRI may be an explanation; whatever, good wine and very good value.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
89
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Well constructed; not intense, but has crowd-pleasing tropical fruit balanced by appropriate acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
87
Ken Gargett (2006 Vintage) says
As fresh, young and crisp as they come and at a price that yet again makes me shake my head. The Vat series of wines from De Bortoli seem to have taken a real step up in the past year or so; or it could be that they've been under my radar for a while. Well I now have them firmly locked on my screenÑI'm like Maverick with the Iceman
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2007 2007
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Spotless; impressive gooseberry aromas, though much less intense on the palate; a faint touch of residual sugar.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
87
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Delicate fragrance, no reduction; gooseberry fruit and a touch of spritz. Excellent value.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
87
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
86
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; the ripe gooseberry fruit of the bouquet shows obvious varietal character, although it has slightly blurry, reductive elements. The medium-bodied palate provides more of the same, with strong varietal fruit in a somewhat loose, broad frame. Well priced.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
86

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