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2016 De Bortoli Sacred Hill Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

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Who doesn't love a cheeky Sem Sav on a summer's day? We certainly do, and this one is great value that you can buy with loose change in the glove compartment of your car. Smells of mowed grass, citrus and tropical fruits tickle the nose hairs, whilst the palate is light-bodied with a kiss of sweetness, but full of grassy, passionfruit flavours, zippy lemony acidity, and a dry, refreshing finish. Keep a bottle in the fridge for unexpected visitors.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Transparent pale green.

Bouquet: Showing tropical fruits of passionfruit with fresh cut grass.

Palate: Upfront is a fresh and fruitful palate of passionfruit and gooseberry which climaxes in a lengthy lemon & lime finish.

Vintage conditions: Warmer temperatures and consistent winter–spring rains made for an early budburst. A few trucks beat the late January rains but things slowed up till we dried out in the first week of February. Perfect conditions followed as the added soil moisture kept night time temperatures low allowing the fruit to retain its natural acid. The blend was completely picked by mid February allowing us to have it on shelves for spring.

Winemaking: Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc vineyards from the Riverina are winemaker select for their fresh fruit notes. The Semillon was pressed quickly and floated to produce very clean juice for a cool flavour-retaining ferment in stainless steel while the Sauvignon Blanc was crushed and sat on skins for 3 hours before pressing hard to extract as much flavour as possible. Juice was cold settled for 3 days to allow the juice to again absorb as much flavour from the pulp as possible before racking. All juice is fermented cool to retain intense varietal characters. Wine was left on fine lees for a 4 month period before blending and bottling.

Cellaring: This wine is made for immediate consumption however, it 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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2016 De Bortoli Sacred Hill Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Light straw-green; you simply don't expect this level of varietal expression and mouthfeel at this price; tropical fruits, lemon/citrus and echoes of grass and herb are framed in a perfectly balanced interplay between a touch of sweetness and acidity.
2013
James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012
89
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
The isolation of a naturally occuring yeast that intensifies the aroma and flavour of sauvignon blanc is widely used here and abroad, but has been of particular value for warm regions. Pale straw-green; the bouquet is expressive, with some lemon blossom, the palate with more intensity than others in this price bracket, with citrus and gooseberry fruit, and a clean finish.
Halliday's Top 100 Aussie Wines 2011 2011
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Crisp and lively, with authentic tropical kiwi fruit sauvignon blanc backing up the grassy /lemony semillon; soft acidity on a clean finish. Bargain.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
89

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