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De Bortoli DB Chardonnay

Cracka Review

Appearance: Pale straw with green hues.
Bouquet: Fresh stone fruit is balanced with a hint of nutty oak.
Palate: This fruit driven wine with crisp acid has been enhanced by lees stirring giving a great texture and balance to the mid palate. The subtle oak approach has given added structure to the wine without overpowering it leaving the stone fruit flavours to dominate.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Pale straw with green hues.
Bouquet: Fresh stone fruit is balanced with a hint of nutty oak.
Palate: This fruit driven wine with crisp acid has been enhanced by lees stirring giving a great texture and balance to the mid palate. The subtle oak approach has given added structure to the wine without overpowering it leaving the stone fruit flavours to dominate.

expert reviews about

De Bortoli DB Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Heavily worked and savoury, with funky, mineral complexity. Backed by slightly smoky oak and assertive butterscotch malolactic influences, it's marginally under and over-ripened, with a marmalade-like expression of quince, cumquat and lemon flavours. Smooth and creamy, it's smoky, mineral and meaty, with hints of candied lemon butter fruit backed by toasty influences and wrapped in tangy, sherbet acids, finishing with lingering notes of grapefruit, melon and fig.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
90
Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
The alarm has gone off but this wine hasn’t even got out of bed yet. This is exceedingly serious Chardonnay and it’s incredibly young. It’s very compact and honed but with plenty of space in its folds for all manner of barrel- and vineyardderived complexity. DB Reserve is so good because it’s so restrained, unlike many other Chardys that are fat and ugly. It’s a mega-good and mega-well-priced wine.
Taste Food and Wine Guide 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A complex, smoky and reductive bouquet of melon, citrus and apricot blossom reveals creamy, nutty undertones. Moderately long, smooth and creamy, its restrained flavours of peach and lemon finish dry and savoury, with suggestions of minerals.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
92
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Complex, smooth and very slightly sweet, this juicy young chardonnay has a floral fragrance of grapefruit, melon and lemon rind backed by dusty clove and vanilla-like oak. Its intense expression of melon, peach and banana is long, fine and fluffy, with restrained vanilla oak plus undertones of sweet corn and herbaceous, reductive influences.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
88
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A slightly greenish and faintly botrytised chardon-nay whose lightly tropical and citrusy aromas of quince, cumquat, melon and lemon overlie a light herbal and nutty background. Juicy flavours of apricots, peaches and tropical fruit are accompanied by sweet
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
86
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
The typical elegant, restrained style of De Bortoli; melon fruit with gentle fig and cashew malolactic and oak inputs.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
91
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Tangy and flavoursome, smooth and refreshing Yarra chardonnay. Its buttery and lightly spicy aroma of fresh honeydew melon, tropical and banana-like fruit is evenly matched by finely integrated oak and creamy lees influences. The juicy, long and even palate is clean and vibrant, even if slightly sweet.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
90
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Pale straw-green; the bouquet is still very discreet, with restrained barrel-ferment and malolactic-ferment inputs giving a faintly nutty background; it is on the elegant palate that the nectarine and citrus fruit comes up and up as the wine is retasted; the oak remains subtle, but the wine has excellent length and intensity, with a long future in front of it.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
94
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Light green-straw; a clean, fresh, crisp bouquet is very understated, with the oak held in tight restraint. The fruit-driven, delicate palate has melon and nectarine flowing evenly to the finish. There is no alcohol burn, and the oak, while there, is subtle.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
93
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; the complex, distinctly nutty bouquet shows barrel ferment and malolactic ferment influences on the melon fruit. The palate has well above average length and intensity, with lively stone fruit flavours, sophisticated oak and good acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
93

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