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2016 De Bortoli Windy Peak Chardonnay

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Light straw with a green edge.

Bouquet: Bright, complex, hints of citrus, hazelnut, subtle use of oak.

Palate: Fine, textural, subtle, gentle, creamy flavours.

Winemaking: Fruit was sourced from a selection of controlled vineyards from Dixons Creek, Yarra Glen, Tarrawarra and Woori Yallock. Fruit is gently pressed and allowed to settle overnight. Turbid juice is then racked to both French oak casks and stainless tanks. Lees are stirred in late autumn and a little in winter and then left to rest until the finishing stages.

Food match: These more full bodied styles match well with:
Creamy pasta - white wine and cream sauces; mushroom risotto.
Chicken - grilled chicken; chicken caesar salad.
Hard cheeses - parmesan; roumano; vintage gouda.

Cellaring: Enjoy now and will cellar well over 2 years.

Alc/vol: 12.0%

expert reviews about

2016 De Bortoli Windy Peak Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says

Introducing the finest sub-$15 chardonnay that’s hit the ground since Armchair Critic Under & Over Tumbarumba Chardonnay made its debut splash in Wine Taste Weekly eleven months ago. Varietal definition of white peach is framed in the taut, zesty structure of the cool 2011 vintage. With a whip crack of acidity and a chalky mineral finish, this is a budget Chablis stand-in, with the vivacity to kick off proceedings right away – and the stamina to cellar a few years, too. We all need a few bottles on standby. 

2012 - 2015
Wine Taste Edition 65
92
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Taut acidity drives this wine, with pear and a little grilled nut complexity also on show; the style truly sits outside the norm at this price point, and for freshness and food friendliness it represents great value.
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2013
90
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Often under $10, where else on earth can you find chardonnay at this price with elegant, minerality, pure white peaches, lemon zest, even a touch of lees complexity? You can't.
Wine100 2011
91
Andrew Graham (2009 Vintage) says
Looking surprisingly lean, this shows grapefruit, lime and citrus on the nose in a form that looks rather subdued. The palate too is dry, crisp but also neutral, as reflecting Steve Webber's push to de-emphasise variety. I'm not totally sure it works here, but you've got to respect the intent. Should improve with a little more bottle time too.
2010-2012
89
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
2012
Australian Wine Companion 2012
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright pale green; has vibrantly juicy grapefruit and stone fruit flavours, which have largely absorbed the barrel ferment inputs; very elegant wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
92
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
"Here's another beautifully crafted Windy Peak, kicking far, far above its price point. A gorgeous bouquet of grapefruit, lemon blossom and vanilla bean is the prelude to a fine, fresh and pure palate of textured minerality."
Wine 100, 2009
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Assertive and complex wine with barrel ferment components rare at this price point; plenty of fruit, but short finish
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
87
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Light-bodied; pleasant nectarine and citrus fruit with an airbrush of oak; good balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
87
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
86
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
85
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; peach and fig aromas are complemented by a wisp of oak, which likewise adds complexity to the palate. Good length and particularly good value.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
87
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; clean, fresh, light nectarine and subtle oak aromas lead into a lively, fresh, citrussy palate with lingering acidity and light oak nuances.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
87
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; while the bouquet is quite solid, it is not particularly aromatic, and the palate follows in the same direction, solidly structured, yet with no particular highlights. May develop with a little time.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
84
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; sophisticated, spicy oak handling is the first impression on a complex bouquet, with citrus-tinged fruit coming along thereafter. The palate is certainly driven by oak, but skilfully so, with a texture, feel and flavour way above its price,
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
88

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