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2016 De Bortoli Sacred Hill Traminer Riesling

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Value is the name of the game with this easy drinking, fruity, sweeter offering from De Bortoli. Aromas of lychees, musksticks, tropical fruits and yellow citrus leap out of the glass, whilst the palate is medium-sweet and lush, with juicy lemon flavours, and a soft, musk-like finish. It's a real crowd pleaser that would go down a storm at the next family gathering.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: A green tinge on a pale straw background.

Bouquet: Heavy perfumed aromatics of musk & rosewater with complimenting fresh spice and lime.

Palate: A gorgeous and balanced palate of freshly dusted Turkish Delight & lychee freshened by a fresh and zesty finish.

Vintage conditions: Warmer temperatures and consistent winter–spring rains made for an early budburst. Late January rains allowed the Traminer to burst with fragrance while still vibrant and fresh for its harvest on the 6/2/16. The later ripening Riesling was picked off our King Valley vineyard in the middle of February when its beautiful lime palate and acid profile are at their peak.

Winemaking: Traminer blocks are selected on their lifted spicy musk and rose petal flavours to combine with the floral and citrus flavour offerings of the selected Rieslings. A specialised yeast strain isolated by a team led by Dr. Manfred Grossmann, professor at the Geisenheim Research Center, is employed to highlight the varietal characteristics of the individual parcels and complete a healthy 10-14 day ferment in stainless steel.

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

Food match: These styles have a light fruitiness that match well with:
Asian and spicy foods - chicken curry; pad thai
Soft cream cheese - brie, camembert or feta

Alc/vol: 13.0%

expert reviews about

2016 De Bortoli Sacred Hill Traminer Riesling

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A highly perfumed wine with rose petal and musk aromas; quite sweet on the palate, causing some heaviness on the finish; nonetheless, a good expression of the varieties
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
87
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Heady pineapple and spice aromas and flavours; rich and unambiguously sweet; serve ice-cold with Chinese takeaway.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
87
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Full-on sweetness, almost spatlese in weight; an altogether surprising spicy varietal impact of traminer; just be aware of the sweetness.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
87
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Intense, spicy lychee; full-on sweetness, with masses of flavour; made to a successful formula.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
86
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
84
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Spicy floral varietal character from the traminer, more evident than in most higher priced versions. As always, a slightly sweet finish; ideal for Asian food. Outstanding value.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
86
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; spicy, crushed lime leaves and lychee aromas introduce a palate with plenty of flavour and length; well balanced and not, as usual, sweet. Absolutely outstanding value at the price.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
86
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light yellow-green; light spice and lime aromas are followed by a palate with flavoursome fruit in much the same spectrum, and distinct residual sweetness. Precisely styled and targeted, and excellent value.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
82
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Pale yellow-green; the bouquet has distinct varietal spice, and, as expected, the palate has obvious residual sugar which pumps up the flavour. If you are looking for the style, irresistible at the price.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
81

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