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2016 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

Variety: Syrah 81%, Gamay Noir 19%.

Season: 2016 was warm and dry through most of the growing season. Good rain in late January settled things down and the harvest was mild but quite early.

Appearance: Vibrant purple.

Bouquet: Spicy alluring nose of red and black fruits, dry herb, whole bunches.

Palate: Supple richness, blueberry fruits, earth and forest, lots of spice and quite textural.

Winemaking: A mixture of whole bunches and whole berries with some early foot stomping to create some juice to start the fermentation. A combination of foot plunging and turnovers during fermentation. Pressed and racked to 500 litre casks for 4 months.

Cellaring: Drink now or keep for 3-4 years in a good cellar.

Food Match: French charcuterie such as terrine, rillettes or pates.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

Gold Medal - 2017 China Wine & Spirit Awards
Gold Medal - 2017 Sydney International Wine Competition
Silver Medal - 2016 Yarra Valley Wine Show

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2016 De Bortoli La Boheme Act Four Syrah Gamay

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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
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
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
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
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

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