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De Bortoli Deen Vat 1 Durif

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If you like your reds on the big and brawny side then get stuck into this ripper from De Bortoli. Black as the ace of spades with lashings of dark ripe fruit flavour and grainy tannins, it is the kind of wine that will put hairs on your chest. This is delicious. Barossa Valley eat your heart out.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Crimson with deep bright purple hue.

Bouquet: Plum, blueberries with violets and liquorice, underpinned by the well integrated chocolate oak.

Palate: A rich and flavoursome wine displaying plum, black cherry and liquorice. Fine chewy tannins, complemented by the chocolate oak making it a generous and complete wine.

Vintage conditions: Good winter rains followed by a warm growing season lead to good yields of fruit. A hot beginning to the harvest period accelerated the ripening with frantic harvesting ensuring to pick the fruit with the ideal flavour spectrum.

Winemaking: Fruit was closely monitored by the winemaker and harvested when freshness of varietal fruit and intensity of flavour was at its peak. Fruit was cold soaked for 24-48 hours to maximise colour and flavour extraction from the grapes, then fermented at 20.0-25.0 c for an average of 7-10 days.

Cellaring: Excellent to drink now and has cellaring potential for up to 5 years.

Food match: These full bodied wine styles match well with:
Red meats - T-bone steaks; stews; lamb shanks
Italian food - Pasta with meatier sauces; osso bucco; chicken cacciatore

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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De Bortoli Deen Vat 1 Durif

Expert Reviews

Campbell Mattinson (2014 Vintage) says
Durif performs pretty well in the NSW Riverina. This is good. Tops for value. Both floral and hefty with dark, berried fruit. Coal, blackberry, ink and violets, with a whisper of vanilla. That’s not bad for $12.90. Volume here is impressive. Grainy tannin works well too. It’s deep and dark but it’s not dull.
2016 - 2019
90
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
The big, black beast that is durif may not be a regular on your drinking calendar, but you’re going to love getting to know this value-for-money character. De Bortoli has masterfully coaxed out the deep, succulent black fruits and soft appeal of this plush, immediate style. Fine-grained tannins provide balanced support to a fruit-focused finish. If you’re into glossy, juicy shiraz, you’ll be right at home here.
2012-2013
Wine Taste Edition 97
88
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; it's hard to imagine how you would find greater depth in a table wine at this price, rippling with black fruits, licorice/anise and ripe tannins. Gold medal class 215(!) Rutherglen Wine Show '11
2015
James Halliday's top value wines $20 & under
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright colour; textbook dark chocolate and plummy fruit, with a fragrant violet perfume to the bouquet; ripe without taking on the least bit of heaviness, excellently put together, and terrific value for the price.
2014
Australian Wine Companion 2012
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep crimson-purple; this simply has to be one of the most durable and flexible red varieties in the world, it keeps its colour and rich plummy fruit regardless of how and where it is grown, or how heavily it is cropped.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Campbell Mattinson (2008 Vintage) says
"Affordable durif - and petit verdot for that matter - is usually worth a punt. Often turns up trumps.
Look, it just sneaks in for a 90-point rating but the deliciousness factor is just so high that we had to give it a bonus point or two. It's not a 'fine wine' fit for members of the British aristocracy to cellar for decades. It's a fruity drink now sort of wine of easy-going substance, and all power to it. Chewy tannin, chocolate and olive-like flavour, and a blackberried fruitiness. It's a wine most red drinkers will enjoy.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
90
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Deep colour and quite an elegant expression of this bold variety; dark chewy fruit is framed by a noticeable coat of charry oak
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
88
Campbell Mattinson (2007 Vintage) says
"Here's a wine for old-fashioned red drinkers - grunty, grippy and great with red meat. It has amazing richness for a wine at this price. Big, glowing, inky-purple colour. Some may say that it has too much grippy tannin for a wine made to be bought and drunk in papid succession but, as self-confessed tannin freaks, we're not complaining. Besides, those tannins will melt away once you've served it beside a chunk of meat..."
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
89
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
Here's a wine for old-fashioned red drinkers - grunty, grippy and great with red meat. It has amazing richness for a wine at this price. Big, glowing, inky-purple colour. Some may say that it has too much grippy tannin for a wine made to be bought and drunk in rapid succession but, as self-confessed tannin freaks, we're not complaining. Besides, those tannins will melt away once you've served it beside a chunk of meat. This is a full-on red at an anorexic price.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
89
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Typical purple-crimson; stacked full of ripe plum and prune fruit, backed by appropriate tannins and acidity; perfect ripeness and alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Very good colour; a powerful framework though not so much vinosity; some dark berry fruit flavours.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
86
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Good colour; spiced plums and blackberry; good depth of sweet, but not jammy, fruit; a well-controlled hint of sweetness on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
88
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Bright red-purple; plenty of red and black fruits; long palate, persistent tannins. Value plus.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
88
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the moderately intense bouquet offers a mix of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, with similar dark fruit flavours coming through on the palate; slightly harsh acidity impacts, but the wine is well priced.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
84

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