Here is yet another good value, no-nonsense wine from De Bortoli. It's light and delicate showing aromas of subtle citrus, apples and slight candy floss on the nose. The palate is nimble, gentle, rounded and thirst quenching with a green apple finish. It would go down well at the family BBQ with salads and quiche.
Appearance: Pale straw.
Bouquet: White stone fruit and almonds, with a hint of lime pith.
Palate: Crunchy pear offers a mid-palate balance and a clean finish.
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: Low yielding, young vineyards and a splash of Riesling to add some lift to the Grigio. Fermentation via inoculation with a select strain of yeast to enhance mouth-feel and fruit concentration. As in previous years each parcel was left on yeast lees for an extended time intensifying the natural fruit flavours and texture of the wine.
Cellaring: Best enjoyed fresh, but will age for up to 2 to 4 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
Additional information: Suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians.
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2016 De Bortoli La Bossa Yarra Valley Pinot Grigio